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24 Jan, 2018 11:21

Tory MPs fall for 'fake news' over Union Jack Scotland ban

Tory MPs fall for 'fake news' over Union Jack Scotland ban

Reports that the Scottish government plans to exclude the Union Jack flag from all but one event has been branded "fake news" by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, despite the story sparking outrage among Tory MPs.

Under the reported plan, the Union Jack will fly from government buildings only on Remembrance Sunday. It will not be hoisted on other royal anniversaries and birthdays. The procedure is in line with other public buildings, a practice already adopted in recent years at the government’s St. Andrew’s House headquarters in Edinburgh.

Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Sturgeon hit back at critics, insisting that this is not a new practice and was not ordered by her. She said the updated administrative step was “sensible,” and had actually been in place since 2010.

Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond jumped to Sturgeon's defence, stepping forward to reveal he was the one behind the decision back in 2010 to use the the Royal Banner of Scotland - also known as the Lion Rampant - instead.  

On Wednesday Tory MPs were infuriated by the news - but Sturgeon was quick to shutdown her naysayers.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson took to Twitter to lash out at the SNP, telling them its focus needs to be elsewhere.

Sturgeon was quick to call out Davidson online, labelling her accusations as "fake news."

Westminster MPs swept up in the wave of anti-flag news labeled the change as "outrageous," accusing the SNP of "small mindedness" and a "tawdry attempt to sow more division."

"The SNP lost the referendum and they seem to be forgetting this crucial point,” Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg told the Telegraph. "This decision smacks of small mindedness and is an affront to the majority of Scots who voted to remain within the UK."

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith also said the decision was “outrageous."

“It is insulting to Scottish people to pretend that somehow Scotland is not within the UK,” he said. “It is a tawdry attempt to sow more division – when will the SNP learn that this is not what the vast majority of the Scottish people want?

“I am sure the vast majority of Scottish people who do want to leave the UK will recognize what a risk the SNP poses to the UK,” he said.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen also took a swipe at the SNP. “The SNP clearly thinks they won the Scottish referendum and therefore can remove the Union flag when they should be removing the European Union flag,” he said.

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