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Scottish Independence Pledge Prompts Tweeters To Suggest New Names For The UK

Even 'Poundland' might not work anymore.

14/03/2017 2:37 AM AEDT | Updated 15/03/2017 3:51 AM AEDT

Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge to give Scotland another vote on independence has got people thinking that “the United Kingdom” no longer accurately describes Britain.

The Brexit referendum showed how divided Britons are and now Scots might stop being Britons at all.

Some suggested an Oldie But Goldie that we first heard after the Brexit vote in June: Renaming the country around the one thing we still all indisputably share.

Another tweet, however, suggested things have only gotten worse in the last nine months since the June referendum. 

If you change the name of a group of islands off Cornwall slightly, you get a name Monty Python would have approved of.

Someone suggested we re-think the uncharacteristic boastfulness in our name.

Ironically, the hashtag showed something Brits tend to have in common: the love of silly jokes. Fittingly, it was a silly joke that came out of a vote by the public.

Boaty McBoatFace, the name so many voted for when asked to name an Arctic research ship, was adapted to describe a post-Brexit, possibly Scotland-less, UK.

Film titles were thin on the ground but one person reminded us how far we’ve come since the days we ruled a quarter of the globe.

Some set out to troll most people who live in Britain.

Others saw a bleak future where we hold referendums all the time.

While others looked to the future of the union, beyond Scottish independence.

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