Recently, I was in Levanto on the Italian coast between Genoa and La Spezia, when I noticed, flying above an apartment building, a Union Jack in which the red and blue sections had been replaced with black. Otherwise, it was exactly the same as the British flag.

Black and white Union Jack flag

I asked a local person if they knew anything about why such a flag should be flying. They didn't, but speculated that it may have been put there by a supporter of the Juventus football team, whose colours are black and white. But as for why it was in the form of the Union Jack remains a mystery.

Does anyone have any ideas?

  • Technically, it's not the Union Jack either - unless it's been hung upside down. Distress signal, maybe? Sep 1, 2020 at 15:05
  • @ItWasLikeThatWhenIGotHere You are correct that it is flying upside down.
    – WS2
    Sep 12, 2020 at 8:02

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While I can't be certain what the intention of the person flying the flag might be, supporters of Newcastle United Football Club sometimes wave black and white Union Jacks. Some are on sale at ebay

Other suggestions are: An ironic reflection of the phrase "There aint no black in the union Jack" (indicating someone who is black, british and proud). Or it may just be a fashion symbol

Some have suggested that the flag may have been proposed by British Fascists or British Anarchists - I can find no evidence of this.

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    I thought the expression "There ain't no black in the Union Jack" belonged to right-wing racists.
    – WS2
    Jul 20, 2017 at 16:45
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    @WS2 hence 'ironic reflection'
    – user1530
    Jul 20, 2017 at 18:51

I thought it was to do with honouring fallen British soldiers or police and others in the line of duty protecting the unarmed

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    Welcome to PoliticsSE. Do you have a reference for that use of the flag? Feb 9, 2018 at 1:00

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