The world changed when I wasn’t looking. I thought both encompassed England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, but I never hear anyone say Great Britain anymore, although there seems to be a British Prime Minister. Can anyone clear this for me?

2 Responses to “What’s the difference between Great Britain and the United Kingdom?”

  • suzieq_64093:

    Englad is Great Britain. The United Kingdom is Great Britain, Wales, Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.

  • quatt47:

    Great Britain is no longer a country, but simply an island in the United Kingdom. Politically, “Great Britain” describes the combination of England, Scotland, and Wales, and therefore includes a number of outlying islands such as the Isle of Wight, Anglesey, the Isles of Scilly, the Hebrides, and the island groups of Orkney and Shetland, but does not include the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands.

    Great Britain has evolved politically from the gradual union of England and Scotland which started in 1603 with the Union of Crowns under James VI of Scotland and eventually resulted in the Acts of Union in 1707 which merged the parliaments of each nation and thus resulted in the formation of the Kingdom of Great Britain, which covered the entire island, to the situation following 1801 in which Great Britain together with the island of Ireland constituted the larger United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (UK). The UK became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in 1922 following the independence of five-sixths of Ireland as first the Irish Free State, a Dominion of the then British Commonwealth, and then later as an independent republic outside the British Commonwealth as the Republic of Ireland.

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