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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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Was the Obama administration responsible for the decision to move the US embassy in London and the sale of the old location?

President Donald Trump claims that moving the US embassy in the United Kingdom to a different location was a bad decision and a "bad deal". He puts the blame on the Obama administration. Reason I ...
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Did Britain borrow $120 billion in 1945?

This copy-paste has being doing the rounds of local newspaper letters pages and dodgy hard-core pro-Brexit Facebook pages, etc: JEAN Claude Juncker should be forced to walk past every white ...
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Was the UK forced to use burgundy passports by the EU?

According to Theresa May's Twitter: The UK passport is an expression of our independence and sovereignty – symbolising our citizenship of a proud, great nation. That's why we have announced that ...
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Is Britain's housing crisis caused by migrants?

In the Sunday Times on 26th November 2017, journalist Rod Liddle makes a case for our need to build new houses being exclusively due to immigration. He claims that the demand for new houses is not due ...
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Is austerity in the UK responsible for “120,000” extra deaths?

The UK government has been implementing tight constraints on public spending to attempt to recover from the 2008 financial crash and bailout. But this austerity is controversial. A recent report in ...
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Is 90% of world trade conducted on WTO terms?

The European Union is, among many other things, a large free trade block with few barriers to cross-country trade within it. The United Kingdom has voted to leave the EU and is currently trying to ...
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Do green grapes cause more accidents on the London Underground than banana peels?

In Teary Deary's Horrible Histories: London, he claims that green grapes cause more accidents on the London Underground (I presume subway) than banana peels. This claim is also repeated in several ...
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Did Whiskey taxation make up 30%-50% of England's revenue?

In this article it is claimed that (1st paragraph): Especially in England and Ireland, it became the drink of choice, and through taxation, came to contribute 30%-50% of the nation’s revenue. This ...
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Is this comparison of Carol Irving and David Laws MP accurate?

I saw this on Facebook today. It has been shared over 3,600 times. It is a photo of the two individuals, Ms. Irving on the left and Mr. Laws MP on the right. Below Ms. Irving's photo it has the ...
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Did Corbyn promise to write off UK student debts? [closed]

The way that I remember things might not actually be as they happened. I accept that. However, I am sure that I recall the UK Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, promising to scrap all student ...
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Is life expectancy “stalling” in the UK?

On Prime Minister's Question Time, recently (19 July 2017), Jeremy Corbyn claimed: "Life expectancy stalling for the first time in 100 years" To which the Prime Minister's response: "The right ...
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Did the police cover up their decision to allow mass-killer Thomas Hamilton to retain his gun licence?

Thomas Hamilton was responsible for the 1996 Dunblane School Massacre, In 1991, Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes reportedly recommended that Hamilton's firearm licence be revoked - but the police took ...
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Are firefighters forbidden from talking about Grenfell Tower? [closed]

According to this Mirror article: One firefighter, who did not want to be named, told the Sunday Mirror: “We’ve been told by our management don’t speak, ideally. The coroner has said it could ...
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Did Queen Elizabeth attempt to warn her nation that "2017 will be a year of slaughter the likes of which we haven’t seen since World War 2“?

According to stories spreading through social media, as well as some webpages (for example this article: Queen Elizabeth Placed Under ‘House Arrest’ After Christmas Message) that Queen Elizabeth ...
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Were the London Bridge attack victims Londoners?

From ABC News: London police chief: Attack victims show city's diversity (The tweet for the article had 2.4K replies, and some replies had thousands of likes) The commissioner of London's ...
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Did Theresa May say that girls' having male role models starts to curb the promotion of lesbianism in schools?

Kevin Cummins, a London-based photographer, recently tweeted this image: The concern with the image is the text Curbing the promotion of lesbianism in Merton's schools starts with girls having ...
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Did Master Stone Masons have to Bow to the King?

I have heard this multiple times, including in a documentary once. The claim is that the Master Stonemason, in historic times, did not have to bow to the King (generally implied to be from the British ...
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Could someone who sent a letter in 19th century London expect a reply within 2 hours?

The official QI Twitter account (@qikipedia) today said the following: If you sent a letter in 19th century London you could expect a reply within 2 hours Is there any merit to this claim?
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Is this photo of Jeremy Corbyn and caption accurate?

At a Time when Margaret Thatcher was calling Nelson Mandela a terrorist, and a young David Cameron was living it up on all expenses paid tours around apartheid South Africa, Jeremy Corbyn was being ...
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During Great Britain's coal-free day, were coal plants shut off, or active and generating power GB didn't use?

On Friday 21st April, the UK National Grid announced the following on twitter: National Grid can confirm that for the past 24 hours, it has supplied GB's electricity demand without the need for #...
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Was UK national debt higher in 2016 than 2010?

I saw this image being shared on my Facebook feed, and I was wondering the truth (if any) to it.
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Did “the UK court system abduct and murder a baby” with mitochondrial depletion syndrome?

According to a blog post by the Mises Institute: ...the court system in the United Kingdom, at the behest of National Health Service bureaucrats, abducted and murdered an 8-month-old baby... .....
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Could the EU “take Britain to the Hague” over the “£50 Billion EU divorce bill” [closed]

I've seen several papers (express, telegraph) claiming that Britain will have to pay a £50 Billion 'fee' for leaving the EU. A further paper (Independent) has written (emphasis by me): “In that ...
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Did non-voters outnumber the supporters of each political party in the UK in 2010?

I have noticed this image in social media recently: Transcription: Non-voters outnumbered the supporters of every single political party in 2010 Did not vote: 15.9m - these people could change ...
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Are black cabs responsible for nearly a fifth of central London's road transport Nitrogen Oxide emissions?

Evening Standard reporter Ross Lydall penned this article on 4th April: Row erupts over black cab exemption to planned ultra low emission zone “Londoners will, however, be astounded that the Mayor ...
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Have there been polls in the UK that show that most British people support the idea of a Muslim ban?

Tara McCarthy: Polls in the UK show that most British people in the UK support the idea of a Muslim ban ... But express.co.uk says that A revealing survey exposed 34 per cent of Brits would ...
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How true are the claims about the dairy industry in this poster? [closed]

I came across the following image via social media. It depicts a poster placed in the window of a British cafe. The text of the poster reads: This Is Why We're Ditching Dairy... In celebration ...
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Was Facebook cited as a reason for a third of UK divorces in 2010 in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor?

According to the Daily Mail: Facebook is becoming a major factor in marriage breakdowns and is increasingly being used as a source of evidence in divorce cases, according to lawyers. The ...
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Did the Rotherham rapists shout Allahu Akbar at their sentencing?

The Rotherham scandal is a case of widespread organised child sexual abuse in the city of Rotherham in England. Over a period of years, more than 1,400 girls, many of them pre-teens, were raped and ...
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Did Jamshid Piruz enter the UK unchallenged?

From the Daily Mail, but also mentioned by Russia Today and similar sources: link Afghan-born Jamshid Piruz was allowed to enter the UK unchallenged despite being sentenced to 12 years in jail for ...
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Did Massachusetts assume “a right to treat the Indians on the footing of Canaanites or Amelekites”?

According to the 1855 The Jesuit Missions of Paraguay page 13: the first planters of the state of Massachusetts expressly assumed for themselves a right to treat the Indians on the footing of ...
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Are Dr. Zakir Naik's speeches banned in the UK, Canada, and Malaysia?

NDTV, which is currently India's Most Trusted TV Media Brand, claims: Mr Naik's speeches are banned in the UK, Canada and Malaysia. This post by The Daily Star (Bangladesh's most widely circulated ...
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Did European Muslim protestors carry signs “Shariah for the Netherlands”, “Islam Will Dominate the World, Freedom Can Go to Hell”

Does the following alleged photograph represent an actual demonstration by real self-identified Muslims, in Europe? I found at: http://www.billionbibles.org/sharia/sharia-europe.html
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Has the Council of Europe called for the banning of British newspapers mentioning when a terrorist is Muslim?

From the Daily Mail: European human rights chiefs order the British press NOT to reveal when terrorists are Muslims in crackdown on freedom of speech European human rights chiefs have told the ...
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Was there a spike in hate crimes after the Brexit referendum?

Was there a spike in hate crimes after the Brexit referendum? Example claim: 'Horrible spike' in hate crime linked to Brexit vote, Met police say A “horrible spike” in hate crime after Britain’s ...
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Are the claims in this infographic about the UK Prime Minister accurate?

The image below is getting lots of attention on social media (Twitter) It's pretty damning, but is it accurate?
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Did the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee's report say NATO's intervention in Libya was based on “lies”?

GlobalResearch.ca reports: Specifically, a new report from the bipartisan House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee – based on interviews with all of the key British decision-makers, review of ...
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Is the UK's trade with the EU artifically inflated by having to ship its exports via Europe?

I was talking to a pro-Brexit UK woman who made some... interesting claims about UK-EU trade that I hadn't heard before and couldn't immediately counter. She claimed the UK's apparently very large ...
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Does visiting an A&E in a NHS hospital cost £111?

I don't think the number is correct.
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Could you drive a tank through London and not have to pay the congestion fee?

In the following video Ross Noble tells an interviewer that you can drive a tank on UK roads and also that it is congestion fee exempt. If we ignore for a moment the practical issue of driving a tank ...
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Are there more than 20 million pieces of art in London's galleries?

This video claims that there are more than 20 million pieces of art in London's galleries. The video is an attempt to see all the art in London in a single day. The protagonist in the video got to ...
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Are refugees in the UK holidaying in the countries they fled from?

According to UK Conservative MP Adam Holloway, quoted in the Daily Express: “Likewise, we have people in this country who have come here, claimed asylum and then go back on holiday in the places ...
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Did Stalin personally tell Churchill that “the great bulk” of “10 millions” people were “wiped out” during collectivization?

The War Memoirs of Winston Churchill: Face to Face with Stalin Life Magazine 30 October 1950 at pages 104 and 106: [about 1am August 18, 1942] "I thought you would have found it bad," said I [...
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Has freedom of movement of people lead to a reduction in wages and worsening of working conditions in the UK?

Has freedom of movement of people lead to a reduction of wages, and a worsening of working conditions, in the UK? From 'If you've got money, you vote in ... if you haven't got money, you vote out' ...
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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 instead ...
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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 ...