The Union Jack’s iconic design has graced the likes of T-shirts, Ginger Spice dresses, and a whole horde of home goods. However, its face could change depending upon the outcome of an upcoming referendum in which Scotland may claim independence from the UK.
In case that happens, The Flag Institute prompted a discussion that produced an arsenal of design alternatives. The independent charity serves as a research center for flags and flag documentation. In its recent survey, 64.8% of participants said that the flag should change if Scotland becomes independent.
Some proposed designs on BBC News magazine leave out the saltire of St. Andrew that represents Scotland and add elements to represent Wales. (Wales was already part of the English kingdom when the Union Jack was designed.)
The referendum is scheduled for Sept. 18. The College of Arms, which oversees the UK’s flags, says there are no plans to change the flag at this time.