EU wipes England off the map - as Gordon Brown flies the flag of St George over Downing Street
The Tories have issued a St George's Day rallying cry against plans by Brussels to "wipe England off the map" and create a United Europe.
As Gordon Brown hoisted the English national flag over 10 Downing Street to celebrate St George's Day, it was revealed that EU officials had revised a map wiping out the country and the Channel.
The change splits England into three and lumps those parts together with chunks of other countries to create "transnational regions".
It is claimed these zones - which have been allocated their own budgets - are intended to boost trade between EU nations.
But the Tories yesterday accused the Government of trying "to create a European superstate via the back door".
Under the programme, known as INTER-REG, counties along England's south coast form the "Manche Region" along with northern France.
The "Atlantic Region" takes in western England, along with Ireland, Wales and parts of Portugal, Spain, France and Scotland.
Meanwhile eastern England is part of the "North Sea Region", which covers areas of Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Norway and the Netherlands.
The UK Government is fully behind the project, even though the words "England" and "Britain" are left off official maps of each area and the Manche Region renames the English Channel "The Channel Sea".
Each region, which will be given taxpayers' money to promote trade links, cultural ties, transport policies and tourism, is to be run by a "managing authority" of unelected officials overseen by a director.
None will be based in the UK, with Manche ruled by the French, Atlantic by the Portuguese and North Sea by the Danes.