Referendum: Saltire flies over Downing Street

The Saltire is flying over Downing Street. Pic: PA
The Saltire is flying over Downing Street. Pic: PA
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THE Saltire is flying above 10 Downing Street from now until the end of the referendum period next week.

The Union Flag will fly on the other flagpole above No 10.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman told a regular Westminster briefing: “You can expect other Whitehall departments to do that, as I think we will see in a number of institutions and public buildings across the UK.”

Mr Cameron discussed the need to keep making the case for the Union at this morning’s weekly Cabinet meeting, the spokesman said.

“One of the points that he made to Cabinet was that domestically there is nothing more important than the future of the UK and the future of Scotland in the coming days,” he said.

“The Prime Minister has been very clear in his message that we want Scotland to stay.

“I would put the fact that the Saltire will be flying over No 10 firmly in that context.”

Mr Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband agreed to miss PMQs to travel to Scotland at a meeting in the Prime Minister’s office in the House of Commons following his statement to MPs about the Nato summit yesterday afternoon, and the plan was later agreed with the Liberal Democrats, the spokesman said.

Mr Miliband, who raised the flag in Liverpool with the city’s mayor Joe Anderson, said he wanted to show that being part of the UK helped to achieve “fairness, equality and social justice”.

He said he wanted to see the Saltire flying above buildings in all parts of the UK in the days leading up the September 18 referendum.

With opinion polls indicating the contest is on a knife edge, Labour voters in Scotland could prove crucial in deciding the fate of the union and Mr Miliband vowed to “campaign night and day” to preserve the UK.

Mr Miliband said: “Over the next few days we want cities, towns and villages across the UK to send a message to Scotland: stay with us.

“We want to see the Saltire flying above buildings all across our country.”