The United Kingdom Venn Diagram



After many requests, I've made a poster version of my 'The Difference Between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England Presentation'. You can buy a copy for your wall from cafepress.

Please let me know if there are any errors you spot, as this will be the basis for the updated version of the video.


Questions I could use answers to:

  • Two citizens of the Republic of Ireland move to Northern Ireland and have a child. Is that child entitled to British Citizenship at the point of its birth? *Yes, that child is automatically a British Citizen, See British Nationality Law * - Two British (English) citizens move to Northern Ireland and have a child. Is that child entitled to Irish (Republic of) citizenship? Yes, that child can /optionally/ become a (Republic of) Irish citizen.
  • Would it be fair to say that people in Northern Ireland who identify as ‘Irish’ generally want union with Ireland, those who identify as ‘British’ like the status quo and that ‘Northern Irish’ is a more neutral term? Seems so.
  • Why are Mozambique and Rwanda part of the Commonwealth of Nations?


List of official changes to v2.0:

  • The Republic of Ireland is not the official name for Ireland
  • Northern Ireland will be yellow, not orange
  • England will be shown in white, Wales in red
  • The United Kingdom is a part of the Commonwealth Realm
  • My terrible, terrible pronunciation of the Orkney Islands
  • The Church of England is just the church of England, not of the UK
  • The Commonwealth Realm is made of the Commonwealth Realms
  • The correct order of population for the British Overseas Territories is: Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Gibraltar, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, St Helena Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Montserrat, British Indian Ocean Territory, Falkland Islands, British Antarctic Territory, Pitcairn Islands and the South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
  • Remove the word 'sovereign' in reference to the constituent countries

Possible things to include:

  • The Commonwealth of Nations
  • The European Union (briefly)
  • Other parts of the former British Empire: Ireland, United States, Hong Kong, Fiji (suspended), Zimbabwe (suspended), Burma, Egypt, Sudan, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Kuwait, Namibia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Singapore, Ionian Islands (Any others?)
  • Hawaii as a former colony
  • Some acknowledgement of the controversy surrounding the term 'British Isles'
  • People in Northern Ireland are British Citizens, but can choose to be dual-citizens with Ireland
  • Sark
  • Cornwall
  • Isles of Scilly
  • The complexity of Northern Irish identity (British, Irish or Northern Irish)
  • Rockall
  • The derivation of the Union Flag from the St. George, St. Andrew & St. Patrick's flags
  • England, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different banknotes.

Things people think are true, but aren't:

  • Wales is not a principality
  • The City of London is not an independent nation states that secretly controls the world

Things I'm acknowledging here, but probably won't mention:

  • Every single island in Jersey and Guernsey
  • Sealand

Things I know but am choosing to ignore:

  • The multiplicity of The Crown – there lies some serious semantic insanity
  • The difference between a venn diagram and a euler diagram
  • Some people are offended by the background song 'Rule, Britannia!' – it's historically appropriate, in the public domain and I'm not changing it.