New licences issued in the UK will carry the Union flag, Westminster has announced. However, since driver licensing is a devolved matter in Northern Ireland, licences there will not include the flag. The Union flag will appear alongside the European Union flag which currently appears on all licences.
This decision by the government in Northern Ireland has been widely criticised for insulting the vast majority of Northern Irish Residents. The Union flag carries the St Patrick’s cross yet the country that it represents will be denied the right to have this present on their licence.
It has also been argued that this decision along with the Scottish referendum would encourage the government at Westminster to realise the need to proactively promote the Union.