The word “independence day” has been used by some to describe a day on which the UK goes from being a part of the European Union to being part of a different, independent nation.
However, a change in the wording of the UK’s constitution in 1998 meant that this day has since become an independent day.
“The independence of the United Kingdom is not the same as the independence of Scotland,” the UK Parliament said in 2002.
“As the UK parliament itself recognises the rights and interests of the people of Scotland, and as the United States recognises and respects the right of all peoples to determine their own national destiny, the Parliament of the Commonwealth of the Northern Ireland recognises that the Union of the Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the constitutional framework for the Irish Republic.”
The Commonwealth of Ireland is an autonomous region of the Republic of Ireland.
The UK parliament also voted to change the name of the country from the United Kingdoms to the Commonwealth.
However the move was blocked by the then prime minister, Tony Blair, who said the name was too close to the name Britain, as he was a supporter of the former British colonies.