Britain's Union Jack will eventually come down from Hong Kong's government house for the last time. What will go up in its place is as much a mystery as the British colony's future.

The committee writing the constitution under which Hong Kong will be run after China takes back control finished its latest meeting by rejecting all the proposed flag and emblem designs."That's the best thing we did. It was the most successful part of the meeting because Hong Kong members got their ideas across," said Martin Lee, an outspoken proponent of democracy for Hong Kong and a member of the committee.

China appointed all 55 members of the committee, including the 22 representatives from Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong members particularly disliked the design that got the most votes.

The top two-thirds was China's flag of yellow stars on a red background. The rest was a white stripe for the Shenzhen River that separates Hong Kong from South China and a green stripe representing the territory.

The committee decided to send a blank page instead of a flag design to Beijing, where the second draft of the law will go before a committee of the National People's Congress.

The committee writing the Basic Law, the formal name for the constitution, has been meeting for three years.