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All babies born in Britain could have the EU flag stamped on their birth certificate within three years. Eric Pickles said there was nothing he could do to prevent the emblem from replacing the royal crest on birth, marriage and death certificates. The Communities Secretary warned the move was part of a Brussels plot to brand people as European citizens ‘from cradle to grave’. He said the plan, contained in the Lisbon Treaty, was part of an insidious campaign to stamp the EU flag across all tiers of public administration and undermine nation states. His warning came after the EU unveiled new identikit blue-and- yellow certificates emblazoned with the 12-star flag. They will have legal force across the continent from early next year. For now, these will be available alongside national certificates, so parents will be able to ask for either a British certificate or a European one. The idea is to make it easier for migrants to move around Europe. Brussels has not yet demanded that EU certificates become compulsory, but Mr Pickles said it was only a matter of time. He used the example of driving licences, where at first it was optional for countries to put the 12-star EU symbol on new documents. Five years later it became mandatory, and in 2011 they were rebranded as ‘European driving licences’. The EU regulation on birth, marriage and death certificates is due to be reviewed in three years, and sources close to Mr Pickles said they feared it could become compulsory then.
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