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Why Bath Should Continue Flying The EU Flag Despite The Referendum Result

Sep 09, 2017

A European Union flag in front of Big BenA European Union flag in front of Big Ben   flag supplier-johnin

On a recent visit to Hull, I saw that the council was flying the EU flag alongside various other national flags.

But I have never seen it in Bath since the close referendum result last year when it mysteriously disappeared from our city, even though we are full members of the EU for the time being and perhaps for longer than we think.

We are an international city with close links to Europe. We welcome many thousands of European tourists each year and our economy relies on them.

We have international festivals such as our famous music and literature festival. We are twinned with European cities such as Aix and Alkmaar and Braunschweig.

There are also several thousand Europeans living, studying and working in our city, in our bars and restaurants, our universities, our health service, our public transport and other industries.

But in Bath the EU flag remains conspicuous by its absence even though flying the EU flag need not represent an endorsement of the EU by the council any more than flying the French flag, the American flag or the Spanish flag, all of which I have seen at one time or another in our city.

Surely Bath should be punching above our weight nationally and internationally and reaching out to people from the European continent.

Even if some of us choose to deny that we are still EU citizens, our European friends who contribute so much to the wealth, culture and services of our city are very much EU citizens and deserve better form us.

I would like to think that our council is mature enough to acknowledge this by flying the EU flag once again and making them feel welcome in our city at a time when so many of them are feeling insecure about their future here.