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Britain has produced many great fashion designers, including Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood.
The Union Flag comprises the crosses of Saints George, Andrew and Patrick.
The shamrock is the national flower of Northern Ireland, and the rose is the national flower of England.
Alan Turing (1912–54) invented an early mathematical device that led to the development of the computer. Tim Berners-Lee (1955–) invented the World Wide Web.
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, most minor criminal cases are dealt with in a Magistrates’ Court. In Scotland, minor criminal offences go to a Justice of the Peace Court.
The UK is governed by the parliament sitting in Westminster.
The Isle of Man is a Crown dependency. It is closely linked with the UK but not part of it.
Concorde was a joint development with France, not Germany.
Participation in community life and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are fundamental principles of British life. British society is founded on fundamental values and principles, which all those living in the UK should respect and support.
UK population growth has been faster in recent years, due to migration into the UK and longer life expectancy.
England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make up the UK.
Some powers have been devolved from central government to give people in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland more control over matters that directly affect them. Some policy and laws remain under central UK government control.
Democracy is a fundamental principle of British life. British society is founded on fundamental values and principles which all those living in the UK should respect and support.
There are responsibilities and freedoms which are shared by all those living in the UK. These include look after the area in which you live and the environment.
As a permanent resident or Citizen of the UK you should:
The official name of the UK is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
There is no place for extremism or intolerance. British society is founded on fundamental values and principles which all those living in the UK respect and support.
There are responsibilities and freedoms which are shared by all those living in the UK. These include respecting the rights of others, including their right to their own opinions.
If a judge finds that a public body is not respecting people’s legal rights, they can order that the body changes its practices and/or pays compensation.
There are several British overseas territories in other parts of the world, such as the Falkland Islands.
Most members of the House of Lords are now life peers, who are nominated by the Prime Minister to sit in the House of Lords for their own lifetime.
The Magna Carta was a charter drawn up by King John’s noblemen. It laid down basic rights that still prevail today.
For most local authorities, local elections for councillors are held in May every year.
Catherine Howard, a cousin of Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, was Henry’s fifth wife.
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