EU flag replaced with Commonwealth flag in Gibraltar

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SIGN OF THE TIMES: The EU flag has been replaced in Gibraltar

THE flag of the European Union which flies at different points in Gibraltar has been lowered today (Friday) and replaced by the flag of the Commonwealth.

This is to mark Commonwealth Day which will be commemorated on Monday and which is a public holiday.

It has been traditional for the Commonwealth flag to fly on that day over No 6 Convent Place, which is the seat of Government in Gibraltar. However, this year the Government decided to expand that symbolic gesture by additionally flying the Commonwealth flag at the border, Princess Caroline’s Battery, the John Mackintosh Hall and Duke of Kent House as well.

Commenting on the matter, the Deputy Chief Minister Dr Joseph Garcia said: “Hoisting the flag of the Commonwealth is a symbol of our commitment to the values and the traditions that the organisation represents.

“It is a reflection of the position that Gibraltar and the United Kingdom are leaving the European Union in 2019 and of the policy of the Government of expanding our links with the Commonwealth at the same time.”

Written by

John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Currently he is acting as Editorial Consultant for the paper helping to shape its future development. Share your story with us by emailing, by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page