Licenses could be changed to feature a Yorkshire white rose or Cornish flag
Transport minister Andrew Jones has suggested using regional flags alongside the Union flag on UK licenses after the Brexit process is complete.
He told the Telegraph: “The EU flag will have to go – what we are going to replace it with is a matter for debate. The debate in Parliament will be part of that process.
“I expect to receive lots of suggestions and it is no surprise there is a strong lobby from proud Cornishmen, but it is very early in the process.”
Scott Mann and Derek Thomas, two Conservative Cornish MPs, will support plans to replace the EU banner with the Cornish black flag during a Commons debate this week.
The debate will take place days before St Piran’s Day, the national day of Cornwall, on March 5.
Andrew Jones suggested regional symbols could replace the EU flag
Mr Mann said: “With the EU flag disappearing from the UK driving licence after Brexit, I think people should be given the option of having a regional flag as well as the Union flag which is already there, such as the Cornish, English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish flags, among others.
“Although we are one United Kingdom, we all come from different countries and regions, and I think many people would like to have the option of making this known on their official identification.”
He added: “We already see this to a certain extent on car number plates, so why not driving licences?
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Scott Mann said people should be given the option for regional symbols on licenses
"I don’t think this should be mandatory, but I do believe there is a desire for it from many people, and I can’t really see it being an administrative burden for the DVLA when licences already have to be produced individually for each person.
“I’ve recently been surveying local residents in North Cornwall and the reaction is quite positive, with a good chunk of people saying they would like to have the option.”
British law currently allows the Union flag, the Cross of St George, the Scottish Saltire or the Red Dragon of Wales to appear on licence plates.
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Mr Thomas said: “Us Cornish people are hugely proud and precious about our heritage and the identity of the county.
"Some of that identity has been lost through the way the European Union has developed and we have the opportunity to re-establish something we can call our own. Putting our flag on the licences would be very well received.”