So the Scots go to the poles today. Their best chance at independence in getting on for 400 years, and with that whatever it may bring. Personally I don’t see any real changes happening despite all the hoo har from politicians. We will still remain nations joined by a common geography and separated from the European continent. Any changes will be at the insistence of those in power not the populace.
The first Union flag, 1606, symbolising the uniting of England and Scotland. Which became the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707
The only change I could see would be in how the nations view each other. Certainly if the United Kingdom changes its form, then there is a strong argument for a great visibility of England as an entity? A good time to have a subtle change of mindset? After all, nearly every other nation has a national day and flag etc. No need for any jingoism.
The worst suggestion I have seen recently is that the Union Flag would need to be altered [though the Irish saltire was never removed when the nature of Ireland changed]. Surely a nation/kingdoms flag can be anything you chose? Indeed The College of Arms has stated that there is no need to change the flag and the existing flag could continue to be used if desired
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1801. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since 1922.
I’d be for keeping the current design, no matter. Nothing to do with tradition or nostalgia just plain aesthetics. The suggestion that a new UK flag [though 'UK' surely becomes meaningless?] would incorporate a representation for Wales is just awful. Nothing against Wales but the resultant flag with yellowy splodges looks more like a cake design. Certainly NOT a design classic and one of the most instantly recognisable emblems in the world.
Proposed change to flag with Wales represented but Scotland removed.
Little better than merely removing St Andrew’s cross altogether.
Still, one would hope that such changes will ignite a discussion about identity and [with Queen Elizabeth II not likely to live forever] others changes; like getting rid of the current, terrible God save the Queen Nation Anthem dirge.