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Without Scotland, What Becomes of the Union Jack?

WITHOUT SCOTLAND, WHAT BECOMES OF THE UNION JACK? The Union Jack, the national flag of the United Kingdom, is an amalgamation of three older national flags. The flags of England and Scotland were blended into the "Great Union Flag" when James VI of Scotland inherited the English throne (including Ireland and Wales). The Acts of Union 1800 formally merged British and Irish Parliaments and Kingdoms. NZ+ X X in 1606 in 1801 "... the ensigns, armourial flags and banners, shall be such as his Majesty...shall be pleased to appoint. henceforth all our Subjects of this Isle and Kingdome of Great Britaine, and all our members thereoř, shall beare in their main-toppe the Red Crosse, commonly called St George's Crosse, and the White Crossé, commonly called St Andrew's Crosse, joyned together... James VI of Scotland Irish House of Commons KEEP IT CHANGE IT Brand Recognition The Union Jack, and its motif, is one of the oldest and most recognizable symbols in the world. This global ubiquity is the envy of any institutional icon. Public Opinion In a recent Poll conducted by the UK's national flag charity, Flag Institute, 65% of respondents thought the Union Jack should change if Scotland becomes independent, indicating a popular interest in a re-design conversation. Precedence There is some precedence for this. Sort of. When The Republic of Ireland formed, breaking from the United Kingdom, the Union Jack remained unchanged -though Northern Ireland remained a part of the UK. Flag-making Bonanza A change to the Union Jack would stoke a windfall of demand for the flag production industry and related printing and screening manufacture services. Dependent Flags The Union Jack is a component of many national, territorial, state & provincial, and municipal flags the world over. Leaving the currant flag as-is maintains that symbolic link. Accuracy Removing St. Andrew's Cross maintains the Union Jack's living representation of partnered nations. What's more, it may be an opportunity to do right by Wales and toss in the Welsh Dragon (72% of poll responders thought this element shouſd be included in a re-design). Made for no particularly good reason by @JohnNelsonIDV I FYI, a "saltire" is a diagonal cross symbol over a shield. Of Latin origin, it means 'to dance or leap' and was later used in the French, saultoir, for stirrup and sauteour, for cross-shaped barricade. Often called St. Andrew's cross, the shape refers to Andrew the Apostle, who considered himself unworthy to be crucified in the manner of Jesus and requested a diagonal cross. I portion of the flag was replaced with thirteen stars in 1777, kicking off the Stars & Stripes design scheme. FYI, slapping the Great Union Flag (the Union Jack as it was between 1606 and 1801) over thirteen horizontal bars resulted in the first official flag of the fledgling United States of America. The Union Jack FYI, When the original Great Union Flag was announced, Scotland felt jilted and proposed an alternate where their St.Andrew's cross was moved to the front. * LOE org, "Whither the Union Jack?" SOURCES IN

Without Scotland, What Becomes of the Union Jack?

shared by johnmnelson on Sep 09
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The ubiquitous Union Jack is really a mashup of three older national flags. If one of those three splits, should the flag be updated? Some pros and cons and a mini history of the Union Jack.


John Nelson


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