Red Rag, what Bull
By all accounts, Brussels bureaucrats are trying to get Britain’s merchant fleet to fly the European flag instead of the “historic Red Ensign”, saying it will improve its image.
Cant be done I am afraid, first of all the EU is not a “State”
The UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION ON THE LAW OF THE SEA Article 91 Nationality of ships
1. Every State shall fix the conditions for the grant of its nationality to ships, for the registration of ships in its territory, and for the right to fly its flag. Ships have the nationality of the State whose flag they are entitled to fly. There must exist a genuine link between the State and the ship.
2. Every State shall issue to ships to which it has granted the right to fly its flag documents to that effect.
Also, it is not in the gift of the UK Government
Article 1 Act of the Union
That the Two Kingdoms of Scotland and England shallupon the first day of May next ensuing the date hereof and forever after be United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain And that the Ensigns Armorial of the said United Kingdom be such as Her Majesty shall appoint and the Crosses of St Andrew and St George be conjoined insuch manner as Her Majesty shall think fit and used in all Flags Banners Standards and Ensigns both at Sea and Land
I feel a petition coming on, I will now sit down and write to her Majesty and exercise my right of petition permitted under our British Constitution