The reason? Because the parliament accepts that
"unless the institutions can find a building where they will be the sole occupant, permission to fly the EU flag or display other forms of externally visible identification will almost certainly not be given".
The reason why the permission will not be forthcoming is that having a huge EU flag outside the building will diminish the possible rental income from any sub letting. The reason given was that their is 'such animosity' in London towards the EU flag as to drive away potential leasees.
The cost of the building is estimated to be either £20 million to purchase outright, or £3.1 million to let per annum. That does not include the estimated £3 million refurbishing costs.
The only other building under serious consideration is 25 Victoria Street, which is currently the office of,
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