The UK and the Wider World Flashcards

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  • Make sure you understand the information on each card. If something’s unclear, click the link to the revision notes at the bottom of the page for more details.

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Note: We may include questions that have multiple correct answers. It’s useful to remember specific examples to understand these concepts better.

What was the British Empire, and when did it officially end?

The British Empire once controlled over a quarter of the world’s land. It officially ended from the 1960s to the 1990s as former colonies gained independence.

What are some of the international alliances the UK is a member of?

The UK is a member of international alliances such as the G7, NATO, and the UN Security Council.

How is the UK connected to other countries through trade?

The UK trades by sea, air, rail and road. Its biggest trading partner is the EU, and it has a historic relationship with the USA. Recently, trade has opened up more with China.

What role does culture play in the UK’s international connections?

Britain’s culture is a major export, stimulating tourism and cultural links. Notable exports include TV programs like ‘Peaky Blinders,’ books like ‘Harry Potter,’ and increased migration enhancing British culture.

What is the Commonwealth, and what does it do?

The Commonwealth is a voluntary organisation of over 50 countries. It maintains relationships with former colonies through support in development and human rights, trading links, and events like the Commonwealth Games.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of the UK’s membership in the EU?

Benefits included financial support for farmers, free movement, favourable trading rates, and guaranteed freedoms.

Drawbacks included increased migration and some feeling that EU laws restricted UK sovereignty, leading to Brexit.

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