Law on flying England flags outside homes and pubs for Euro 2020

Football fans love to show their allegiances to their team or country – so with Euro 2020 starting this month flags will be strewn across homes, pubs, shops and even cars.

The government made changes to regulations in 2012 which widen the types of flags you may fly in England.

The changes allow a wider range of national, sub-national, community and international flags, Birmingham Live reports.

The issues to consider about driving with flags attached to the car are vision – does the flag obscure the driver or any others drivers’ vision of the road, and whether it could be classed as an insecure load, i.e. likely to come off and cause damage/injury.

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The laws around flying flags during the World Cup
The laws around flying flags during the World Cup

The size of the flag is also an issue on cars – a normal flag (usually about the size of a piece of A4 paper) would not normally cause any problems but obviously the larger the flag, the more potential for problems.

There is an offence of having a mascot/emblem on the car that, if the vehicle were to collide with someone, the mascot would strike them and cause injury.

The full list of flags that do not require consent are:

(a) Any country’s national flag, civil ensign or civil air ensign;

(b) The flag of the Commonwealth, the European Union, the United Nations or any other international organisation of which the United Kingdom is a member;

(c) A flag of any island, county, district, borough, burgh, parish, city, town or village within the United Kingdom;

(d) The flag of the Black Country, East Anglia, Wessex, any Part of Lincolnshire, any Riding of Yorkshire or any historic county within the United Kingdom; (e) The flag of Saint David;

(f) The flag of Saint Patrick;

(g) The flag of any administrative area within any country outside the United Kingdom;

(h) Any flag of Her Majesty’s forces;

(i) The Armed Forces Day flag.

The flags of St George and St Andrew are recognised as the national flags of England and Scotland, but the flags of St David and St Patrick are listed separately as they do not necessarily fall into the category of a country’s national flag.