Local authorities in the West Midlands are being asked to fly the flag to mark Commonwealth Day.
The region’s UKIP MEP James Carver has written to the councils’ chief executives asking them to fly the Commonwealth flag to mark the annual event, which this is on March 14.
“The Commonwealth flag is raised at several town halls and I hope that this year even more will do so to commemorate this important occasion.
"Local authorities and public bodies are all too happy to fly the flag of the European Union, at the expense of our Union Flag or the flag of St George, for fear of causing offence.
“It is important that we never forget that our friends in the Commonwealth are our kith and kin. We have a shared language, culture and heritage that far surpasses anything we share with continental Europe,” said Mr Carver, who is the party’s Commonwealth spokesman.
“This country stands at the cross roads of destiny right now and we need to leave the EU and make our own trade agreements with whatever countries we want but particularly those in the Commonwealth.
"It saddens me that we have tied ourselves down to the only trading block in the world that remains terminally stagnant when we should be rekindling our relationship to a voluntary block that encompasses fast growing, emerging economies such as Nigeria, India and Malaysia.
"It is right that Commonwealth Day is marked with the flag flying ceremonies and I hope that this will become an annual event at every town hall in the land and not just some.
”This year’s Commonwealth Day theme is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ and it is an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and Commonwealth values, as well as the work of Commonwealth organisations,” added Mr Carver.