Government plans to include the Union flag on driving licences had met with fiery opposition from Welsh motorists.
‘This is just a further attempt by Westminster to create a British identity by social engineering,’ said Plaid Cymru councillor, Arfon Jones.
‘They are still scared after the close shave of the Scottish referendum. We should resist.’
New driving licences in England, Scotland and Wales will display the Union flag.
Transport Minister Claire Perry said: ‘People in this country rightly take pride in our national flag which is why I am delighted it will now be displayed on British driving licences.
‘Celebrating Britain strengthens our sense of national identity and our unity. I will feel proud to carry my new licence and I hope others will too.’
A petition against the plans has already received over 1,000 signatures.
The petition states: ‘Refuse to follow the Westminster government’s proposal to place a Union Jack on driving licences. In Wales, licences should be kept as they are or have the Welsh flag featured instead.’
Other members of Plaid Cymru have spoken out against the changes, calling them “insensitive” and saying it will “create dissent”.
‘I am astonished that the DVLA are choosing to push this petty proposal now,’ said MP Hywel Williams. ‘It shows they have no understanding of the respect agenda between the nations within the United Kingdom.
‘Plaid Cymru will resist it and fully expect that other progressive parties will do so as well.’
The move follows the scrapping of the paper tax disc in October. From June, the paper counterpart of the photocard licence will no longer be required.
By Peter Jepson