It is common to see most other EU leaders give talks, speeches and conference with their national flag proudly alongside the EU flag (Merkel, Rajoy, Hollande etc). This cannot be said for UK Prime Ministers where an EU flag will never be in sight when they are on home soil.

Are there any examples when this was done? Is there a protocol in place which forbids it?

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    It's well-known that Brits aren't really a part of Europe, we merely tolerate it. Many feel the EU is to our detriment, so it's likely a reflection of that. – PointlessSpike Nov 27 '15 at 14:52
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    Well yes that's my point. – MyFamily Nov 27 '15 at 17:29


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I've been unable to find out where this photo was taken, so cannot guarantee it was on "home soil". It is notable that when the PM does press briefings at 10 Downing Street, he normally has two Union Flags behind him.

It appears that it is entirely proper to fly other flags alongside the Union Flag, including the flag of the EU. Why this is not done may be a reflection of the UK's relative Euroscepticism.

(Incidentally, it appears he's not alone in this...)

Note: "Union Flag" and "Union Jack" both refer to the flag of the United Kingdom.

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  • +1 great answer, is it safe to assume that with HM Government behind him it was in the UK itself do you think? – MyFamily Nov 28 '15 at 16:42

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