Labour Mayor REMOVES 18 Union Flags raised by 'proud Cornishman' to celebrate Brexit
A Labour mayor has sparked fury by taking down 18 Union Flags that were raised in a Cornish town to celebrate Brexit.
The 'unauthorised' flags were hoisted on flagpoles along Penzance's promenade on January 1, shortly after the UK left the EU.
One of the men who claims to be responsible said that the act was aimed at uniting the community rather than causing any division.But within 24 hours, the flags had already been removed, leaving the poles empty.
Nicole Broadhurst, the town's Labour mayor, said the red white and blue standards had not been authorised by Penzance councillors or Cornwall Council, which owns the flagpoles.
One of the men who claims to be responsible said that the act was aimed at uniting the community rather than causing any division.
Wishing to remain anonymous due to fear of reprisals, he said: 'I put the Union Jack flags up to help celebrate Great Britain finally gaining its independence from the European Union.
'I am a proud Cornishman and I am proud to be British. I have seen so many comments since the flags went up from so-called proud Cornish men/women who feel no bond to Great Britain but for some odd reason would feel proud to be a member of the European Union.
'The majority voted for British independence and the outcome should be respected and celebrated.
'It is clear that the vast majority of people who live in Penwith were very proud to see the Union Jack flags flying again.
'There are so many old photographs of Penzance flying Union Jack flags with pride and I truly don't understand why anyone would feel anything but pride.
'It is clear that Great Britain are wonderful islands with the amount of people who want to come here. It is sad that I felt the need to purchase the flags out of my own pocket and put them up but I have a strong feeling those who should've put the Union Jack flags up wouldn't.
'I also have a strong feeling that if we voted remain in the EU then we would've seen EU flags flying high over our bay. I could be wrong.
'One thing I wish to make clear again is that I did not put these flags up to create more divide, it was done to try to unite us as a nation again.'