Simpson tables new flag motion on driving licences

David Simpson. INLM4510-917con
David Simpson. INLM4510-917con

Along with DUP colleagues in Westminster, Upper Bann MP David Simpson has tabled an ‘Early Day Motion’ in support of NI driving licences displaying the Union Flag.

In recent weeks a proposal was made by the UK Transport Minister to amend driving licences so that the Union Flag would appear on them. However, this will not include Northern Ireland where the EU flag will remain.

A spokesperson for the Driver & Vehicle Agency NI (DVA) said last week that licenses issued in Northern Ireland would continue to display only the EU flag.

Mr Simpson has vented his frustration and has called for the SDLP’s Mark H Durkan to reverse his decision in the interest of facts.

“I believe that this stance is sectarian and anti-British. It lacks any attempt to achieve a consensus as unionists were not consulted by the minister. The SDLP is one of the parties that support the Belfast Agreement and at the heart of the agreement is the recognition of Northern Ireland’s constitutional status as part of the UK. The agreement also talks about the need for consensus politics - but yet again we have seen the SDLP being involved in issues that are not consensus-building, such as taking down the Union flag at Belfast City Hall.”