Mayor vows to take down Union flags raised to mark Brexit

A row has erupted in Penzance over the hoisting of Union flags along the seafront to mark the end of Britain’s union with the EU.

The mayor of the town says the fluttering red white and blue standards were not authorised and will be taken down.

But there is confusion about who raised them aloft in the first place.

Mayor Nicole Broadhurst said on Twitter: “Penzance Council didn’t authorise these or have anything to do with their installation. We are working with Cornwall Council and the flags will be taken down.”

The flags – 18 in total – are understood to have been raised on New Year’s Eve.

At 11pm on December 31, the Brexit transition period ended – effectively confirming Britain’s exit from the EU and the start of a new trading relationship. The issue has, of course, created deep divisions.

Raised the evening before, Union flags fly from new flagpoles on Penzance promenade on New Year's Day
Raised the evening before, Union flags fly from new flagpoles on Penzance promenade on New Year’s Day
(Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live)

With the council denying all knowledge, there is speculation the flags may have been raised as a stunt by pro-Brexit supporters. The number of flags also indicates a level of planning.

Cornwall Council has recently spent millions of pounds to revitalise Penzance Prom, Cornwall’s only Victorian promenade.

Resurfacing work was originally due to finish in time for the 2020 Tour of Britain in September but lockdown delayed the project.

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