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Could the cross of St Patrick be a flag of unity for Northern Ireland?

By Claire Williamson

Published 20/07/2016

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Could the cross of Saint Patrick be used as a unity flag for Northern Ireland?

Conservative MP for Crawley Henry Smith asked the government what consideration has been given to the flag as a symbol of unity for Northern Ireland.

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During Northern Ireland questions in the House of Commons, he asked: "What consideration has been given to adopting the cross of St Patrick as a unity flag for all communities representing Northern Ireland?"

The new Northern Ireland Office junior minister Kris Hopkins said any changes in existing arrangements would require "cross-community support".

He said: "The issue of flags in Northern Ireland is a sensitive and complex one.

"Any change in existing arrangements would require cross-community support.

"The Stormont House Agreement included a commitment to a commission on flags, identity, culture and tradition, and this was established in June."

The cross of St Patrick.
The cross of St Patrick.

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