Chapter 2 : What is the UK



The UK is made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The rest of Ireland is an independent country.

The official name of the country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ‘Great Britain’ refers only to England, Scotland and Wales, not to Northern Ireland. The words ‘Britain’, ‘British Isles’ or ‘British’, however, are used in this book to refer to everyone in the UK.

There are also several islands which are closely linked with the UK but are not part of it: the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. These have their own governments and are called ‘Crown dependencies’. There are also several British overseas territories in other parts of the world, such as St Helena and the Falkland Islands. They are also linked to the UK but are not a part of it.

The UK is governed by the parliament sitting in Westminster. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also have parliaments or assemblies of their own, with devolved powers in defined areas.

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·         The different countries that make up the UK

 


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3 Responses to “Chapter 2 : What is the UK”

  1. Hoi Li says:

    ISN’T THE ANSWER SHOULD BE TRUE??!

    British overseas territories is the name given to several islands which are closely linked with the UK but not part of it.

    Select one:

    True Incorrect

    False

    Feedback

    http://www.lifeintheunitedkingdomtest.co.uk/?page_id=171

    The correct answer is ‘False’.

  2. admin says:

    Many thanks for your valuable feedback and apologies for the inconvenience; I’ve corrected the incorrectly answered questions.

  3. tanvir ahmed says:

    what is the correct answer ‘

    i thought it would have been ‘true’

    ‘There are also several British overseas territories in other parts of the world, such as St Helena and the Falkland Islands. They are also linked to the UK but are not a part of it.’

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