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Old 03-07-2013, 02:24 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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And this would not be inaccurate at all. In the practice (please, if some briton is reading this, correct me if I'm wrong) Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are autonomous regions of England in the same way of Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque Country in relation to Spain. England, stricto sensu, has no different parliament of Britain, nor a devolved government; the government of England is the same of Britain.
no we are not part of england. We are part of the united kingdom a country which england is part of also.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:26 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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I've only ever heard someone from England refer to themselves as being British. I can't recall anyone from N. Ireland or Scotland call themselves Britsh.

Americans seem to be following the lead of those English who call themselves British. And then the know-it-alls "silently" roll their eyes at us. (Which I must admit is much better than loudly rolling their eyes)
Hahah! Obviously youve not seen the latest flag protests.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:27 AM
 
Location: North West Northern Ireland.
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Technically Quebec is a "country" inside the country of Canada, which in itself never formally broke away from the English crown either.

Strange situation.
Quebec is not a country.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:03 AM
 
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And this would not be inaccurate at all. In the practice (please, if some briton is reading this, correct me if I'm wrong) Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are autonomous regions of England in the same way of Catalonia, Galicia and the Basque Country in relation to Spain. England, stricto sensu, has no different parliament of Britain, nor a devolved government; the government of England is the same of Britain.
Spain is formed by 17 autonomous and each one has its own parliament.
Madrid, Andalucia or Castilla have the same level of autonomy than Galicia, Catalonia and the Basque Country, there is no region ruled directly by the spanish government.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:47 AM
 
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Many foreigners confuse English with British due to historical reasons.
Since England (just as Castile in Spain) was the unifying kingdom that invaded other kingdoms, or the unifying force revolving around London and Canterbury, Plymouth, etc.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:57 AM
 
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It's cause of confusion over what the terms England, Great Britain and United Kingdom refer to.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:50 AM
 
Location: SE UK
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I have some English friends who refer to themselves as British, but that's usually around foreigners.
Why wouldn't they though? English people are British.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Near Tours, France about 4710'N 025'E
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The confusing has maybe something to see with the fact that huge majority of the "United Kingdom of Great britain and Northern Ireland" (official name of the country) is actually made of England. The confusion is also that many British things, even if originally English have been spreading to the whole country. English language istself is not only the language of England, but still is named "English and not "British".
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:00 AM
 
Location: London, UK
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Because all the British isles ethnicities look alike.
WTF are you talking about we are not talking about ethnic groups why are you so obsessed with race
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:10 AM
 
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WTF are you talking about we are not talking about ethnic groups why are you so obsessed with race
If he's not obsessing about race, he's obsessing whether or not a particular group of people are true blonds or not. Very unhealthy, IMO.

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^ Yeah as far as I know the UK is unique in the world. It's a country made up of countries.
The Russian Federation still has "republics" that make up part of the country, particularly in Siberia, and they are in union with Moscow. Switzerland is this way as well, I believe, since it is a confederation. The most famous, though not exactly at the moment but in the near future it could be, example of a country made up of other countries is the European Union.
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