The European Union flag is to be taken down outside the Scottish Parliament when the UK leaves on 31 January, it has been confirmed.

Former Europe minister Alasdair Allan was campaigning for the flag to stay up to mark Scotland’s 62% vote for Remain.

But the parliament’s management group has confirmed that it will come down.

Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh told MSPs that the Council of Europe Flag will be flown on Europe Day “as a mark of our continued ties with that body”.

The flag will be lowered at 23:00 on 31 January, at the moment the UK officially leaves the EU.

Mr Allan had submitted a parliamentary motion saying that parliament “should continue to fly the EU flag on its grounds, in line with the democratic decisions of

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