Talk:United Kingdom

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If the UK is composed of both British and Irish people, who are of differing nations, then it should not be referred to as a "nation-state." It is a multinational state. Researcher 19:41, 28 December 2007 (EST)

Indeed. There are four actual countries: England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Whilst Wales is technically a Principality of England, it does has its own language, laws and Assembly. Spica 19:45, 28 December 2007 (EST)
Moreover, the Welsh identify as seperate from the rest, correct? And even if the Welsh, Scottish, and English all preferred to be called British, it still leaves the Irish feeling like the odd ones out. Researcher 19:51, 28 December 2007 (EST)
Yah, indeed the Welsh do identify themselves as separate. They even have their own Welsh Nationalist political party, as do the Scots. The English have one two (the BNP) but it's far too fascistic for most voters. Spica 19:54, 28 December 2007 (EST)
I'z Welshish. I have no idea what this brings to the conversation. humanUser talk:Human 01:16, 29 December 2007 (EST)
Wales is in the strange position of being a country, but not a nation.--Stunteddwarf Spirit of the Cherry Blossom 18:49, 25 October 2010 (UTC)
Actually it is a nation, but not a country. (necro!) — Dysk (contribs) 15:01, 1 December 2018 (UTC)


"The Flag Institute, the vexillological organisation for the United Kingdom, stated that the term Union Flag is a "relatively recent idea". Jack was a word previously used to denote any flag" 17:52, 25 October 2010 (UTC) SusanG Toast

"The size and power of the Royal Navy internationally at the time could also explain why the flag was named the "Union Jack"; considering the navy was so widely utilised and renowned by the United Kingdom and colonies, it is possible that the term "Jack" occurred because of its regular use on all British ships using the "Jack Staff""
This I think would be consistent with the apparent tradition that it's only called a Jack properly on a ship. The Royal Navy being the size it was back in the day, and the UK's general aversion to flag fellatio in comparison to the US, I wouldn't be surprised if the most common way that people ever saw the flag was as an actual Jack. As if the name slipped sideways into common landlubber terminology. Scarlet A.pngtheist 18:36, 25 October 2010 (UTC)

More Pedantry[edit]

The article says Wales is still a principality, but didn't it change to a full country of the union about five years back to comply with an ISO? Leander (talk) 20:34, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

Renaming the United Kingdom[edit]

For 123(isn) of the past 175 years since Victoria ascended the throne, the UK has been rained (sic) over by a Queen (and may Bessie move somewhat up the list of longest reigning monarchs).

Should it be renamed the United Queendom? (talk) 16:37, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

Shakespeare, Aristophanes and the current food scandal[edit]

'A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a bottle of oil.'

(With thanks to Richard III and The Frogs.' (talk) 16:50, 11 February 2013 (UTC)

Things to be included[edit]

The Watford Gap - boundary between North and South/Civilization and the North Pole etc.

The offshore bits as a group (as they mostly do not individually fall into RW's remit: Rockall (mostly uninhabited, but oil), Channel Islands (tax, female Dukes and a seaweed church), St Kilda (inhabitants seemingly 'persuaded' to leave), Shetland and Orkneys (intermittent moves to be reassigned back to Norway, Up Helly Aa, etc), Isle of Man (three legs, cats etc), the places listed on [1] and the Republic of Sealand. (talk) 14:24, 13 September 2013 (UTC)

Good joke?[edit]

I always thought it would be moderately amusing to call the UK "B-Road Island" or "B-Rhode Island", but you'd have to be knowledgeable about both Britain and the US to really get it. (Allusions to its increasingly second-rate importance in the world [Cf. B-roads, i.e. secondary roads] and its relationship with the US, i.e. a transatlantic version of the US state Rhode Island.) I'm British by the way, so it's a self-deprecating "joke". — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

as a rule, its not funny if you have to explain it. AMassiveGay (talk) 23:32, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
I occasionally stray into Rhode Island. I have visited England and Scotland. I don't see enough similarity or difference to find that even faintly funny. (There are a few limited-access motorways in the Ocean State, such as the M95 from Attleboro to Cranston and towards Warwick, but nobody calls it the M95.) Sprocket J Cogswell (talk) 23:41, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

This article is fucking trash[edit]

You limey bastards have the audacity to create and edit a mostly anti-American article while singing the praises of your dying little island nation? No wonder this site has very little relevance. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

Please take care with the well known RW arse/door issue.--Bob"I think you'll find it's more complicated than that." 21:09, 2 September 2014 (UTC)
"Oh no, someone from another country has an opinion. I FEEL SO THREATENED." Get a grip, son. Pascal yuiop (talk) 10:54, 3 September 2014 (UTC)


Brexit Poll[edit]


Scottish Independence Poll[edit]


Northern Irish Status Poll[edit]

Stay In the UK7Vote
Leave and Merge With the Republic of Ireland6Vote

Legal tender[edit]

The legal tender section is incorrect - only Bank of England notes are legal tender. Legal tender is only applicable in the settlement of debts; legal tender doesn't exist as a concept in Scotland in any case. gives a good summary. (talk) 14:01, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

Pretty much fixed that. — Dysk (contribs) 15:00, 1 December 2018 (UTC)