Stop referring to Scotland and Wales as “countries”

r/Scotland - UK Govt tells civil servants to stop referring to Scotland & Wales as “countries”. Civil service & diplomats are to refer to the UK as “one country” in future communications.


In early April 2020 I did some online research into which institutions in the UK referred to Scotland as a ‘nation’ or as a ‘country’: I kept notes on what I found, with links to sources. I was prompted to do this after seeing many social media contributions from Unionists denying that the UK was other than one, unified state.

One of the sources I used at the time was the website of The Commonwealth. I used this:

At that time, in April 2020 it stated explicitly that the UK is a union of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Given the queen is head of The Commonwealth that ‘endorsement’ of Scotland’s status was significant. I’ve just checked: the website of The Commonwealth no longer has this. It now has this, IMHO odd description:

“The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) is an island country that sits north-west of mainland Europe. It is made up of mainland Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and the northern part of the island of Ireland (Northern Ireland).”

I have no idea when the change was made but change there has been!

The authoritative ‘CIA World Factbook’ (still) states this in its description of the UK:
“the percentage area breakdown of the four UK countries is: England 53%, Scotland 32%, Wales 9%, and Northern Ireland 6%”. And “constituent countries by percentage of total population: England 84%, Scotland 8%, Wales 5%, Northern Ireland 3%”.

For how much longer?


2 thoughts on “Stop referring to Scotland and Wales as “countries”

  1. I would like to know what the UN has to say about the subjugation of Scotland’s actual identity as a nation in it’s own right, at the hands of an occupying next door nation. To have your country’s identity effectively silenced and even removed by instructing those in public office to officially reject the name of that nation (of Scotland), must surely go against the rights of a country and the people in it, to have that right, and status, recognised and respected. It’s a sinister move by the English (UK) government to attempt to remove Scotland’s status as a nation, by officially rejecting the name of Scotland, not acceptable.

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