DUP DEFEAT ON THE CARDS AS SDLP AND SINN FEIN BACK ALLIANCE HALF-WAY HOUSE MOTION ON UNION FLAG

Union Jack flying on Belfast City Hall

COMPROMISE has erupted at Belfast City Hall on Monday evening against the back drop of a ‘Keep Our Union flag’ protest outside.

And as compromises spreads, the DUP appear to admit defeat before the vote is taken.

Councillor William Humphrey has told the meeting: “You may take our flag down, but you will never destroy our union.”

The SDLP and Sinn Fein now say they will support a motion by Alliance Councillor Marie Hendron that the Union flag should only be flown on designated days.

The monthly council meeting was expected to pass a proposal from the policy and resources committee of a fortnight ago that the flag should not be flown on top of the City Hall.

However, Monday evening’s meeting has appeared to have staved off a bitter political row spilling onto the street.

The DUP, who didn’t sign up to the Good Friday Agreement,┬ásay the removal of the flag would leave Protestants “ostrascised” in their own city.

 

 

 

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