The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain) is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe.

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Did the UK slip to sixth largest world economy from fifth, less than 24 hours after the EU referendum vote?

Some news sources have reported that in the 24 hours after the UK's results on the EU referendum came through, the UK dropped from 5th largest economy in the world, to 6th, being overtaken by France. ...
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Does the UK send the EU £350 million a week?

I got this propaganda leaflet through my door today, this has been widely claimed by parties in favor of the British EU referendum: We send the EU £350 million a week - let's fund our NHS ...
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Is sexual harassment of girls increasing in schools?

This article claims that experts told UK MP's that sexual harassment is increasing in schools because of internet pornography. However, I haven't seen any references to studies done on the subject so ...
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Was singer Taio Cruz's birth name Adetayo Ayowale Onile-Ere?

Singer Taio Cruz has a web page that lists his full name as follows: Jacob Taio Cruz (Pronounced as ‘Tie’ ‘O’) In several other places, his birth name is listed differently: Music Brainz ...
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Is 2016 cursed for celebrities? [closed]

Here in the UK, it seems like every single day this year there has been another celebrity death. Before we have chance to mourn them or celebrate their achievements, another one pops off. People are ...
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Was Stonehenge built in the 1950s?

A set of photos from a Russian web-site apparently show Stonehenge being built in the 1950s, rather than the more customary dates of 3000-2000 BC. An conspiracy theory web-site Max Resistance ...
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Is most of London's air pollution 'is caused by drivers from outside the capital'?

According to today's (29th Feb 2016) Evening Standard London's air pollution 'is caused by drivers from outside the capital' Implying that whatever London does about air pollution, there will ...
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In the UK, are young white men the most derided ethnic/gender/age group?

A month, or so, ago this YouGov study was trending on FB and attracting some controversy. The most derided ethnic group in Britain: young white men YouGov data from 48 separate surveys reveals ...
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Is “Syphilis: All of these men have it” a WWII propaganda poster?

Spotted via https://twitter.com/LI_politico/status/692846941034549248 (courtesy of a parody picture in https://twitter.com/Megapope/status/692850205297741827), but described as real by Mother Jones in ...
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Do 22% of Muslim women in the UK speak little or no English?

According to the BBC, the UK government claims: 22% of Muslim women living in England speak little or no English. It also quotes a former Superintendent of the Metro Police as disputing this ...
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Are the 2016 UK guidelines on alcohol consumption evidence based?

The UK government issues public health advice about how much booze people ought to consume. It has recently revised those guidelines. The previous guidelines were the subject of this SK.SE question: ...
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Do almost half of Londoners think that cutting immigration would help London's housing crisis?

As a Christmas present on the 25th I just got a leaflet from UKIP in my post stating that 44% of Londoners say that cutting EU immigration would help solve the London housing crisis. There are ...
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Are 3 in 4 attenders at hospital emergency departments on weekends there because of alcohol?

This claim has been widely repeated this week in many newspapers and news sites (e.g. arstechnica). Here is how the Daily Telegraph repeats it: Three in four people in accident and emergency units ...
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Did Tony Benn say this about “the establishment”?

I don't think people realise how the establishment became established. They simply stole land and property from the poor, surrounded themselves with weak minded sycophants for protection, gave ...
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Did the No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron score the most kills in the Battle of Britain?

It's often claimed in Polish media that No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron scored the most kills in the whole Battle of Britain. This claim is repeated in Wikipedia, although with annotation [citation ...
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Did Prime Minister David Cameron commit necrophilia with a pig's head?

Doing the rounds on Twitter at the moment is the idea that UK Prime Minister David Cameron did something unspeakable to a dead pigs head when he was in University. Twitter being Twitter, the actual ...
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Does it cost £1.5 to clean up every piece of gum left on UK Streets?

This advertisement is claiming that it costs 50 times more for the city to clean up gum, than it takes to buy the stuff (at least in the UK). For a total of £1.5. Which seems strange, as normally ...
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UK Immigration numbers (2015 Facebook post) [closed]

This picture is circulating on Facebook: From 'common sense/general knowledge' many of these numbers seem reliable, but I'm very interested in the actual sources for these numbers. How reliable are ...
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Have 'upland farmers' struggled to protect livestock from foxes since the fox hunting ban in the UK

The Daily Mail reports plans to repeal the fox-hunting ban. At present it is legal to hunt with two hounds to flush a fox to a gun. If the proposed change went ahead, the exemption would cover ...
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Is Queen Elizabeth queuing for a sandwich in this photo?

Found it floating around Facebook with comments praising the queen for behaving like ordinary people. Did the Queen Elizabeth actually queue for a sandwich in this photo? Or something else is ...
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Have more British Muslims joined Islamist groups than serve in British armed forces?

From the New York Times: Her Majesty’s Jihadists Her Majesty’s Jihadists More British Muslims have joined Islamist militant groups than serve in the country’s armed forces. How to ...
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Are razor blades tax-free in the UK?

This comic has been circulating heavily on social media: The world according to the UK government: Men’s razors are taxed as necessities because you need to avoid stubble Women’s ...
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Are members of organized rape gangs in the UK mostly of Kashmir / Pakistani origin?

On BBC three's Free Speech, Does ‘rape culture’ exist in the UK?, James Delingpole, Executive Editor Breitbart London made a claim (4:10 mark) that was followed by boos from the audience and a charge ...
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Is it routine for Sweden prosecutors to travel to the UK to question people they are looking to arrest?

According to an investigation of the Assange case: The Swedish prosecutor, Marianne Ny, has refused to come to London to question Assange about allegations of sexual misconduct in Stockholm in ...
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Are the UK and Sweden in violation of international law with respect to detaining Julian Assange?

According to https://freeassangenow.org/faq and https://justice4assange.com/: Why do the UK and Sweden disobey international law? There is a conflict between the United Kingdom’s obligations ...
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Were fathers arrested while trying to rescue their daughters from rape in Britain at least on two occasions?

Front Page Mag (a blog for the conservative David Horowitz Freedom Center) quotes an unnamed report that UK authorities were complicit in the support of sexually abusive Muslims: The police did ...
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Is viewing extremist material a terrorism offence?

In regard to the quote from the Metropolitan Police warning, is it an offence specifically under the terrorism legislation to watch a video? A Met police spokesperson "We would like to ...
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Does the UK has enough wind to power the country five times over?

Greenpeace UK tweeted about the UK having enough wind to power the country five times over: MT @1010: The UK has enough wind to power the country five times over. Let's use it! After a bit of ...
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Is it true that Prince Charles can be bypassed in the line of succession? [closed]

This source posits that the succession to the British throne is ultimately in the hands of the Parliament, not the queen or royal family. The news source considers an important counter argument to ...
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Did Benjamin Franklin almost cause a war between England and France over a hoax letter to a London newspaper?

This story shows up a lot in sites like Reddit: In the late 1700's, a letter appeared in the major London newspaper complaining that England was being forced to take deported French prisoners. The ...
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Is refusing to decrypt data for the police illegal in England and Wales?

I've been recently downloading PuTTY from the official page and I have noticed a message stating: LEGAL WARNING: Use of PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP and Plink is illegal in countries where encryption is ...
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Are Scotland's oil and gas reserves dwindling?

This article states that Scotland's oil and gas reserves and tax incomes are dwindling: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/feb/07/scottish-independence-economic-implications-niesr Scotland's ...
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Does food on blue plates look tastier?

This Daily Mail article says the NHS is replacing their plates with blue ones to get patients to eat more. NHS caterers have finally found a means of getting frail patients to eat more – putting ...
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Does higher education increase international competitiveness?

In this story, the UK chancellor is quoted as saying: Each year, around 60,000 young people who have worked hard at school, got the results, want to go on learning and want to take out a loan to ...
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Do BT routers secretly connect to a NSA/GHCQ network?

Today I was pointed at this document which claims, among other things, that the secret agencies perform man-in-the-middle attacks by using a second network connection established by the home router. ...
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Did the Britons stop growing crops in the time between 3300BC & 1500 BC?

It has been suggested to me more than once by amateur historians on forums, that in the time between 3300BC and 1500 BC the Britons stopped farming crops, and instead only kept livestock and foraged. ...
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Did the Britons start growing crops before 1500 BC?

It has been suggested to me more than once by amateur historians on forums, that before 1500 BC the Britons only kept livestock and didn't grow crops at all. For example, AskHistorians on ...
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Does England devote as much land to Golf as housing?

England is, apparently, one of the most "crowded" countries in the world with a high population density and the population is growing quite quickly. This has prompted a variety of concerns about ...
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Does smoking cannabis kill 30,000 people per year?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-179264/Cannabis-kills-30-000-year.html Cannabis is as dangerous as cigarette smoking... [...] [C]annabis could be a major contributor to UK ...
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Did British officers in Egypt use Indian soldiers to translate all radio messages into Hindustani?

I'm not entirely sure how notable this claim is. But a popular Tweeter named WW2 Tweets from 1941 made the following claim: British officers in Egypt now using their Indian soldiers to translate ...
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Did this building cause carpet to burn and cars to melt?

The BBC reports that a building with curved glass in London appears to have caused damage nearby as a result of the architecture focusing the sun's rays. Seems plausible enough to me, but is this ...
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Can the UK fire its nuclear weapons without US agreement?

Somebody told me that the UK cannot fire its nuclear weapons without the agreement and support from US. Is this true? This claim is made in the following locations: David Morrison - Britain’s “...
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Was David Cameron linked to “Hang Nelson Mandela” posters in the 1980s?

A post circulating Facebook and elsewhere reads: Nelson Mandela will die soon. Today, tomorrow, this week, next week. It won't be long. Remember this, he out-lived Thatcher. When he does die, and ...
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Can certain broadcast frequencies be used for mind control?

I was reading an article last night on the communications system used by UK police. They use earpieces and there is skepticism about how they could be used to control the police or subdue them. Is ...
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Does Queen Elizabeth II own 6,600 million acres of land?

According to WhoOwnsTheWorld.com, Queen Elizabeth II owns 6,600 million acres. They claim, Largest five personal landowners on Earth Queen Elizabeth II 6,600 million acres King Abdullah ...
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Does Scotland receive more public funding than its tax-payers contribute?

On the 18th of September 2014 the Scottish people will vote in a Referendum. The question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?" As you might expect the magnitude of this event has ...
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Does the “Eatwell plate” cost £16.70 per week?

The "Eatwell Plate" is a broad dietary recommendation produced by the UK National Health Service. This article in The Guardian says that a diet based on the Eatwell plate could cost as little as £16....
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Are vets legally allowed to treat humans?

A letter in The Daily Telegraph claims: Vets are allowed legally to treat humans although doctors cannot treat animals. In my experience, vets offer the efficiency, pragmatism, charm, humour and ...
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Did Lloyd George say, “We must reserve the right to bomb niggers”?

The following is an excerpt from a speech by Noam Chomsky: The United States took over from— inherited from Britain, the modalities of control over the region as well. These modalities had changed ...
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Is participating in competitive sport harmful to young children?

There is a proposal for all primary school children (ages 4 to 11) in England to play competitive team sports: Competitive team sports will be made compulsory for all primary age children, David ...