I've blogged about the Union flag before, and the UK and British history are favorite topics of mine, of course.
If Scotland votes for independence on September 18th, 2014, what will be the fate of the Union Jack? (Will Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Bermuda, etc. drop it from their flags? Will Apple cut the Union Jack from the emoji keyboard? Whatever will Ben Sherman do without the Union Jack in designs—they love their variation of the RAF roundel even more, of course—unless they don't mind that it will sudden be retro.)
Here's one proposal from Atelier Words for the national flag of what they term the "fUK", the Former United Kingdom, which is being dubbed by some UK media outlets with the cheekier moniker and less naughty acronym, the "rump UK" (rUK).
From Atelier Works' website, here's the proposal, which is based on the Tudor rose—click on the image to enlarge it in a pop-up window.
Atelier did a version with green added, too, but that version violates the rule of tincture twice instead of only once. One way to not violate the rule of tincture is to make the yellow dot the green of the Welsh flag, but, unfortunately, the resultant flag positively screams, Happy Christmas! A black dot instead might make for a nice invocation of the poppy of Remembrance Day, but I suspect the red, white, black color scheme has a history among Brits that's very problematic.
From the Atelier website:
We love the fact that the symbol seems to cover so many aspects of the fUK.
- unity: people of opposing views happily living alongside one another
- the fruitfulness of the British Isles: the verdance, the countryside, the gardens
- did we mention gardens: Britain's favourite activity
- the meandering, wiggly, organic paths that human lives and human interaction takes
- different petals, but one shared heart
- the cycle of life: constant renewal
The British Bulldog forlorn with a wilted Scottish thistle and under a rump-UK flag (Cross of St. George representing England and the Cross of St. Patrick representing Northern Ireland), from the Spectator article, "Without Scotland, England will be a weedy laughing stock".