The Government was urged tonight to combine the Union Flag with the Welsh flag to represent the country’s “true place in the Union”.
Wrexham’s Labour MP Ian Lucas wants the radical change to reflect the changing status of Wales within the UK.
He wants to combine the Red Dragon or Ddraig Goch, from the Welsh flag, with the red, white and blue pattern of the Union Flag.
In a Commons debate, Mr Lucas said that the Union Flag, only represented three nations within the UK.
He said: “Just as the Union Flag has changed in the past to reflect the new constitutional settlement when Ireland came into the United Kingdom at the start of the 19th century, I believe that the Union Flag should change now to reflect the four nations of the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.”
But the MP came under fire from Tory MPs who accused him of wanting to rip up the Union Flag.
Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire) said Mr Lucas was a member of a “party that has governed this country for ten years and engaged in a decade of constitutional vandalism that has left this country with a divisive and unstable devolution settlement that is ultimately going to pull this country apart.”
And Andrew Rosindell (Romford) said: “What he seems to be proposing is actually the ripping up of the current flag of our country and a redesign to incorporate the Welsh dragon.”
But Mr Lucas argued that the UK “did not exist in a constitutional state of grace”.
He said: “Changing an iconic image such as the Union Flag may appear to be more difficult to achieve than 200 years ago, but nonetheless I believe the change is right.
“So let the debate begin, let the rest of the world know that the iconic symbol of the United Kingdom may change and that the reason that it will change is that we have a new constitutional settlement that affords Wales its true place in the Union.”