When Don Brunell says “Great Britain, including Northern Ireland and Scotland” (“Guinness caught in Brexit cross-fire?” published July 20, 2017) it’s rather like saying “the U.S., including Canada and Texas.”
Great Britain consists of England, Wales and Scotland, so why say “including Scotland” when it is already included?
Should the English and Welsh be offended because they weren’t specifically mentioned?
Since Northern Ireland is not part of Great Britain the expression “Great Britain, including Northern Ireland” makes no sense. Northern Ireland is, however, part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The term “Brexit” is perhaps something of a misnomer since it doesn’t include Northern Ireland, but “UKexit” isn’t quite as catchy!