By the New Year of 1947, the Britishers had fully realized that the time had come for Britain to leave India. The British Parliament seeing the writing on the wall, voted by an overwhelming majority to end the British rule in the subcontinent, no later than June 1948. The new Prime Minister of England, Mr. Clement Attlee, decided to do the inevitable by appointing Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten as the new Viceroy. He was the last Englishman to govern India. On March 24, 1947, he made the historic announcement about the decision of the British government to free India on June 3, 1947. With this announcement, the National leaders started thinking to have a National Flag.