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If Scotland leaves, will we be left with FUK?

7 December 2013

In Whitehall, there is a phrase for the entity which would be left if Scotland were to vote Yes to independence next year. The acronym is rUK, which stands for ‘the rest of the United Kingdom’.

This device of referring to a country’s altered state in its name has a precedent. After Macedonia broke away from Yugoslavia in 1991, it could only prevent Greece from blocking its UN entry by being admitted as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM).


Obviously, it would be embarrassing for the Former UK (FUK) to highlight its initials, but the nomenclature is a real problem. The reduced entity could not accurately be called Great Britain, and ‘The United Kingdom of England, Wales and Northern Ireland’ is also inaccurate (since there is no Welsh or Northern Irish kingdom united with that of England). We are getting into a pickle.

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  • Nametagger
  • Darrell

    How about ‘Doom Britian’ whatever the outcome of the Independence Election :-)

  • pads1982

    Can the English get a vote on independence, wales contributes 2.5% but takes 5% After the scotish MPs initially trebled tuition fees by 3 they can all go swing as it didnt affect scotish students they didnt care

  • bwims

    What utter twaddle. Wales has a Queen and a Prince, just like Cornwall has a Queen and a Duke. The Queen is the head of state for Wales, not Prince Charles. Therefore, the United Kingdom of England, Wales and N.I. would be accurate, because the all recognise the Queen as the head of state, and a Queen rules a Kingdom. OK?

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