Richard North, 29/09/2005  
 

Courtesy of The Independent, we learn that the EU flag fluttering outside the European Parliament building in Westminster was yesterday declared illegal.

For this development, says the paper, we must thank the UK Independence Party. They made a formal complaint to Westminster Council after discovering that planning permission has not been granted for it.

Under UK law, all flags - apart from national ones - must be OK'd by local authorities before being fixed to buildings, since they are officially classified as advertising material. The EU flag is not a national flag.

"The general public should be protected from this sort of false advertising promoting worthless tat," reckons UKIP's bullish MEP Nigel Farage. "This is the most important victory for consumer power in decades."

Not quite, but certainly a small but important gesture.

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