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Pete Dunne: WWE's United Kingdom Champion on the success of NXT UK, facing Walter, and his future plans  The National

Pete Dunne is referred to as "the face" of NXT UK by Paul 'Triple H' Levesque, the WWE's executive vice president of talent, live events and creative.

The National
Scenario No-Deal: Quotas for United Kingdom citizens  Lexology

The political future of the United Kingdom is currently subject to great uncertainty. There is a risk that the EU and the UK will not conclude a deal…

Education Across the United Kingdom 1944-2017: Local government, accountability and partnerships, edited by Robert McCloy  Church Times

Dennis Richards looks at 70 years of trying to get education right.

Church Times
United Kingdom Gift Cards and Incentive Cards Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics Report 2019 - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "United Kingdom Gift Cards and Incentive Cards Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics - Market Size and Forecast ...

Business Wire
Want To Travel To The United Kingdom With Ron Stutts?  Chapelboro.com

Want to travel to the United Kingdom this year? Ron Stutts is heading overseas in November and needs some traveling companions!

United Kingdom E-Retail Market 2018-2023: Online Pureplays will Bolster Online Clothing & Footwear  GlobeNewswire

Dublin, Feb. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "E-Retail in the UK 2018 - 2023" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. "E-Retail in ...

No-deal Brexit will hit UK’s ability to strike trade deals, says Varadkar  The Irish Times

Countries are asking if the UK can 'make [trade deals], ratify them and stick to them'

The Irish Times
1-Day Course: UCITS Funds Training (London, United Kingdom - June 24, 2019) - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "UCITS Funds Training" training has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. This highly practical 1-day course ...

Business Wire
2-Day Course: Mastering Operational Risk Management (London, United Kingdom - June 20-21, 2019) - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Associated Press

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 15, 2019--The “Mastering Operational Risk Management” training has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Associated Press
U.K. stocks higher at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 up 0.56%  Investing.com

Investing.com – U.K. stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Automobiles & Parts, Industrial Metals & Mining and Oil Equipment Services ...

1-Day Course on MiFID Compliance (London, United Kingdom - June 27, 2019) - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Associated Press

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 15, 2019--The “MiFID Compliance” training has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. This intensive one-day ...

Associated Press
Ford Threatens to Pull Out of the United Kingdom  The Truth About Cars

Ford Motor Company has reportedly informed British Prime Minister Theresa May of its tentative plan to move out of the United Kingdom. The automaker ...

The Truth About Cars
2-Day Course: International Securities Settlement and Custodial Services (London, United Kingdom - June 25-26, 2019) - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "International Securities Settlement and Custodial Services" training has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Business Wire
Extremely Cool UK Teens Walk Out of School to Protest Climate Inaction  Splinter

Thousands of children in the United Kingdom walked out of school today, not to smoke behind the bike sheds or to get an ASBO for loitering outside Poundland, ...

Pregnant teenager who joined ISIS wants to 'come home' to UK for fear of unborn child's safety  Washington Examiner

A London schoolgirl says she wants to “come home” after joining the Islamic State in Syria four years ago at the age of 15. Although Shamima Begum, 19, one of ...

Washington Examiner
United Kingdom Will Convert Container Ships into Amphibious Assault Ships  Maritime Herald

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Maritime Herald
The Munich Security Conference  GOV.UK

Gavin Williamson gave a speech at the 2019 Munich Security Conference outlining the UK's commitment to NATO and European security.

21 Savage Confirms He Was Born In the United Kingdom  Pitchfork

On Sunday, February 3, 21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta and taken into custody by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In a statement, an ...

Theresa May Could Lose the United Kingdom Over Brexit  The Daily Beast

Brexit has shown the world a British parliament and a political class that resembles a ship of fools without a captain.

The Daily Beast
The quiet Welsh village sat atop a forgotten medieval city  The Telegraph

At first glance, Trellech might seem like just another one-pub village straddling the Welsh border. Dig a little deeper, however, and you'll realise that this parish in ...

The Telegraph
UK faithful celebrate recognition of Newman's miracle  Vatican News

Catholics and Anglicans are celebrating after Pope Francis cleared the way for the canonization of Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Vatican News
UK calls terror attack on CRPF forces in Pulwama "senseless and brutal", expresses solidarity with India  Republic World

United Kingdom offered its condolences to the soldiers who were martyred in the attack in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir. It also said that it stands in solidarity ...

Republic World
Red Arrows' North American Display list revealed  GOV.UK

The confirmed displays include appearances by the Red Arrows in Canada and on both the east and west coasts of the United States, with more events ...

Brexit mess may bring about dissolution of United Kingdom  iPolitics.ca

'It took centuries for the U.K. to develop into its present form, but it may take less than a decade for it all to fall apart.' A protest against Brexit held in London over ...

President Nicolas Maduro calls for return of Venezuela's United Kingdom-deposited gold  Times Now

Caracas: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro has called on Britain to return "more than 80 tons of gold" reserves deposited in London instead of sending ...

Times Now
Iranian nuclear scientist working for the Mossad smuggled to the United Kingdom  JTA News

Iran's controversial heavy water production facility is seen in this general view at Arak, south of the Iranian capital Tehran, Oct. 27, 2004. (Saeedi/Getty Images).

JTA News
Keep science on the horizon  Science Magazine

Science is a global endeavor that affects well-being and stability on many fronts, so anything that damages the scientific enterprise in one country, particularly a ...

Science Magazine
Britain says EU goods to be accepted for limited period after no-deal Brexit  Reuters

Britain on Friday said that goods manufactured and assessed in the European Union would continue to be recognised as valid for sale on the United Kingdom's ...

Bertie Ahern asked how Ireland feels about ‘re-joining the UK’  The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has told a House of Commons select committee that suggestions the Republic of Ireland “re-join” the UK, leave the European ...

The Irish Times
POLL: Should Ireland join the United Kingdom?  IrishCentral

A new online petition wants to see the Republic of Ireland join the United Kingdom.

The U.K. Government Should Grant Charitable Status To Public-Interest News Media, Says Report  Forbes

The government should introduce new tax reliefs aimed at improving how the online news market works and chensuring an adequate supply of public-interest ...

UK Citizens Warned Against Travelling To 19 Nigerian States During Elections  SaharaReporters.com

In the latest foreign travel advice to its citizens, the UK noted that the movement warning is due to violence, which may arise because of high tension in these ...

Let's Talk About The U.K.'s Sudden Move To Field A Drone Swarm Squadron  The Drive

The U.K. Ministry of Defense has revealed plans for a new Royal Air Force squadron that will operate a fleet of unmanned aircraft able to fly networked together ...

The Drive
How a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit Could Open a Path to Irish Unity  The New York Times

On the Catholic, mainly nationalist side of the divide in Northern Ireland, many think an abrupt withdrawal — and a hard border — could lead to reunification.

The New York Times
UK to deploy flagship aircraft carrier in South China Sea  Philippine Star

The United Kingdom would soon send the Royal Navy's largest warship in the South China Sea as the United States steps up its presence in the contested ...

Philippine Star
The South African veldskoen just got a break in the UK - thanks to Prince Harry  Business Insider South Africa

One of the biggest UK newspapers, The Times, punted South African made veldskoene in its men's style section last week - by claiming that Prince Harry is a fan ...

Business Insider South Africa
Confusion over the status of UK ships arriving in Asia after Brexit  South China Morning Post

Dozens of ships will depart this week, arriving in Asian ports after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union at the end of March.

South China Morning Post
Over 100 UK Observers to Monitor Nigeria’s Presidential Election  THISDAY Newspapers

Lekan Fatodu. It has been confirmed that over 100 observers from the United Kingdom (UK) will monitor Nigeria's Presidential and National Assembly election ...

THISDAY Newspapers
BBC World Service - Newsday, Now UK school children are striking against climate change  BBC News

School children and students all over the United Kingdom are swapping pencil cases for placards and going on strike to demand action on climate change.

BBC News
The 'Snowflake' recruiting ads in the UK are working like a charm  We Are The Mighty

The British Army was ridiculed for its new 'snowflake' recruiting adverts that targeted younger generations of Britons. Looks like the army gets the last laugh.

We Are The Mighty
1-Day Course: AML - Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer (London, United Kingdom - June 21, 2019) - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "AML - Anti-Money Laundering and Know Your Customer" training has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Business Wire
UK Ambassador Asks Kenya to Speed Up Baby Pendo's Murder Trial  Kenyans

The United Kingdom Government, through its Ambassador to Kenya, has added its voice to the ongoing case of the murder of Baby Samantha Pendo. Taking to ...

Flower Shops Fear 'No Deal' Brexit Would Cut Profits  NPR

U.K. flower shop owners who rely on shipments from the Netherlands are concerned about how leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement ...

Four Stanford students win 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarships | Stanford News  Stanford University News

Four Stanford students, including three seniors and a medical student, have been awarded 2019 Gates Cambridge Scholarships to pursue graduate studies at ...

Stanford University News
Who will represent the United Kingdom in 2019?  Eurovision.tv

The BBC has confirmed the names of the six acts and songs that are in the running to represent the United Kingdom in Eurovision 2019.

New mechanism to facilitate trade with Iran: joint statement  GOV.UK

French, German and UK Foreign Ministers announce INSTEX, a new mechanism for facilitating legitimate trade with Iran to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.

I used my powerless Indonesian passport to apply for UK visa. This is what happened. - The Jakarta Post  Jakarta Post

You see it all the time in Hollywood films: Main characters nonchalantly get on a plane to fly somewhere abroad, impulsively booking a trip to a foreign ...

Jakarta Post
Online Returns in the UK, 2018-2023 - Insight into the Consumer and Market Dynamics of the Online Returns Channel - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Associated Press

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 15, 2019--The “Online Returns in the UK, 2018 - 2023” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Associated Press
BREXIT BETRAYAL: How British public was 'DECEIVED into voting YES in 1975 referendum'  Express

BRITAIN voted by a margin of two-to-one to to stay in the European Economic Community, what is now the EU, in a 1975 referendum – but British citizens were ...

Does US have more gun deaths in 1 day than other countries in 1 year?  PolitiFact

A week before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting anniversary, the House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on gun violence in ...

May suffers defeat on Brexit strategy  Seeking Alpha

Theresa May suffered another Brexit defeat last night in a parliamentary vote that was symbolic rather than binding, but showed how weak her hand is as she.

Seeking Alpha
Trip to the United Kingdom marks 100th anniversary of Danville history maker Lady Astor  GoDanRiver.com

Nancy Langhorne Astor, a sassy trailblazer born in a modest house on Danville's Main Street, was probably envied by a lot of women in her hometown.

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKCHA) announces new chief executive  homecare.co.uk News

The United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has announced that Roger Berry is to be their new chief executive.

homecare.co.uk News
Novi man charged with spying in Russia meeting with United Kingdom officials Thursday  The Oakland Press

Paul Whelan is scheduled to have his sixth external visit on Thursday.

The Oakland Press
'Unruly' family travelling in NZ known for 'scary' antics in the United Kingdom  Stuff.co.nz

"Unruly" family travelling in NZ "copulate, defecate and urinate", terrorising their neighbours in the UK.

Varadkar expects UK to leave EU with Brexit deal at end of March  The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar expects the UK to leave the European Union at the end of March with a withdrawal deal, although his Government continues to prepare ...

The Irish Times
European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Brexit Preparedness: European Commission adopts final set of “no-deal” contingency measures for Erasmus+ students, social security coordination rules and the EU budget  EU News

Given the increasing risk that the United Kingdom may leave the EU on 30 March this year without a deal (a “no-deal” scenario), the European Commission has ...

EU News
Hitachi shelves $20 billion nuclear power plant in UK  CNN

Hong Kong (CNN Business) Hitachi has shelved plans for a $20 billion nuclear power plant in the United Kingdom, raising questions over future energy supplies ...

Journalist Haru Mutasa Denied UK Visa  ZimEye - Zimbabwe News

Aljazeera journalist Haru Mutasa has been denied a visa to the United Kingdom, according to her Tweet yesterday. Mutasa did not give much detail but said it is ...

ZimEye - Zimbabwe News
U.K. Economy Falters as Brexit Looms. Amsterdam Sees Risks, and Opportunity.  The New York Times

New data for 2018's fourth quarter shows the British economy growing at its slowest pace since 2012, bringing the broad impact of a no-deal split from the ...

The New York Times
The United Kingdom is on life support  CNN

Brexit has shone a light on the fact that the foundations holding up the UK had been crumbling for some time.

United Kingdom Waiting To See If Prime Minister May Will Keep Her Job  NPR

Britain is caught up in its worst political crisis since the 1950s over how the country will leave the European Union. Some members of the public say they are ...

US State Department Issues Travel Advisory for the United Kingdom  PrecisionVaccinations

The US State Department issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory, Exercise Increase Precautions, for Americans visiting the United Kingdom. This Travel Advisory was ...

Why Brexit is tearing the United Kingdom apart  Vox.com

An expert on why Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to sell the Brexit deal to the UK Parliament and the public.

How Brexit will remake the United Kingdom  Brookings Institution

Robert Bosch Senior Fellow Amanda Sloat explains how Brexit will alter two unions – the European Union and the United Kingdom – and the issues at play in ...

Brookings Institution
This poll shows Brexit risks breaking up the United Kingdom  Business Insider

New poll finds a majority of decided Scottish and Northern Ireland voters would opt to split from the United Kingdom if Brexit goes ahead.

Business Insider
Brexit: Goodbye United Kingdom, hello dis-United Kingdom  RT

To grasp the real meaning of Brexit is to understand the history of a state born in mercantilism and sustained by centuries of empire and colonialism.

Fed-Up EU Rejects United Kingdom, Gives British 30 Days To Vacate Europe  The Onion

BRUSSELS—Saying they were tired of getting jerked around by some “has-been pseudo-monarchy,” fed-up European Union officials rejected the United ...

The Onion
Best Things To Do in the UK | 31 Must-See Attractions  Time Out

Made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is no surprise that the best things to do in the UK are a varied and fascinating. You'll find different ...

Time Out
The United Kingdom's tortuous journey in and out of the EU  Reuters

Britain will leave the European Union at 2300 GMT on March 29, 2019. Wednesday marks 100 days to departure day.

On the brink: The United Kingdom and Ireland prepare for Brexit  Brookings Institution

On October 23, Brookings's Center on the United States and Europe (CUSE) hosted a panel discussion on Brexit and its implications for the U.K., Ireland, and ...

Brookings Institution
What's the Difference Between England, the U.K. and Great Britain?  HowStuffWorks

HowStuffWorks explains the difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain, England and the British Isles.

Agreement on recognition of university degrees between Argentina and the United Kingdom  GOV.UK

Will allow individuals who hold a Master´s degree from a university in Argentina to directly access a Doctoral (PhD) degree programme in the UK, and vice ...

United Kingdom knife crime growing to epidemic levels  Fox News

In the first six months of the year, police recorded 39332 knife crime offenses – a 12 percent increase over last year – the Office for National Statistics (ONS) ...

Fox News
Communication of 19 December 2018 : “Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019: Implementing the Commission's Contingency Action Plan”  EU News

Preparing for the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union on 30 March 2019: Implementing the Commission's Contingency Action Plan.

EU News
On the brink of Brexit: The United Kingdom, Ireland, and Europe  Brookings Institution

The United Kingdom will leave the EU on March 29, 2019. But as the date approaches, important aspects of the withdrawal agreement as well as the future ...

Brookings Institution
'Raw' Christmas Day in store for the United Kingdom as temperatures plummet  AccuWeather.com

Those heading to festive events and family dinners will want to pack on a few layers.

Theresa May’s brinkmanship pushes the United Kingdom closer to no deal  New Statesman

My way or the cliff: that's the gambit that Theresa May is hoping will allow her to pass the withdrawal agreement into law. The Prime Minister has announced that ...

New Statesman
The United Kingdom’s homelessness crisis is a predictable consequence of government policy  New Statesman

For the second time this year, one of the people sleeping rough outside the entrance to the Tube station by the Houses of Parliament has died. Both were men: ...

New Statesman
Ending Child Marriage in the United Kingdom  Human Rights Watch

This week Pauline Latham, a Conservative member of the UK parliament, introduced a bill to ban marriage before the age of 18 in England and Wales.

Human Rights Watch
UK Government signs Macolin Convention to tackle match-fixing in sport  GOV.UK

The UK Government has today strengthened its commitment to tackling match-fixing in sport by signing the Macolin Convention.

UK and allies reveal global scale of Chinese cyber campaign  GOV.UK

The UK government and its allies are holding responsible elements of the Chinese government for an extensive cyber campaign.

Summary: Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom  Lawfare

On Sept. 13, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the United Kingdom's bulk data-collection programs violate human-rights law by failing to ...

Researchers launch plan to sequence 66000 species in the United Kingdom. But that's just a start  Science Magazine

LONDON—In the first attempt of its kind, researchers plan to sequence all known species of eukaryotic life—66,000 species of animals, plants, fungi, and ...

Science Magazine
Roads and Roofs Melt Amid Record Heat in United Kingdom, Ireland  The Weather Channel

Here's how hot it has been in parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland in recent days.

The Weather Channel
United Kingdom – Meeting between Mme Nathalie Loiseau and Mr Sadiq Khan (Paris, 13.11.18)  France Diplomatie

Mme Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will host a meeting with Mr Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, on 13 November.

France Diplomatie
Ralph Lauren Receives an Honorary Knighthood From the United Kingdom  Vogue

He becomes the first American fashion designer to receive an honorary knighthood from the U.K..

Personal Cheques Still Alive and Well in the United Kingdom in 2018  IEEE Spectrum

Back in December 2009, the board of the United Kingdom Payments Council set 31 October 2018 as the date when paper cheques (or checks) would be totally ...

IEEE Spectrum
Our CEO Clare Pelham has won a CEO Today United Kingdom Award 2018  Epilepsy Society

We are thrilled to announce that our Chief Executive Officer, Clare Pelham, has won a CEO Today United Kingdom Award 2018 for her work in the charity sector.

Epilepsy Society
The U.K. Economy Is Growing — But Its Energy Use Is Shrinking  NPR

The United Kingdom's total energy use has dropped 10 percent since 2002, unlike other EU countries. It's a quiet victory in the fight against climate change.

Now Brexit really is threatening to tear the UK apart  The Guardian

Theresa May has maintained her dangerously obtuse attitude towards the union, says Guardian columnist Martin Kettle.

The Guardian
to exclusively broadcast Frank Warren's cards originating in United Kingdom  ESPN

When Top Rank and ESPN announced their new seven-year rights deal in August that called for 54 live boxing events per year, one of the key elements was ...

Salisbury Attack: Joint Statement by Leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom  GOV.UK

A Joint Statement by the Leaders of France, Germany, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom on the Salisbury Attack.

United Kingdom Releases Tax Advice for Cryptocurrency Investors  Cointelegraph

News. The United Kingdom tax collection *service* published its first detailed tax legislation for private cryptocurrency holders Dec. 19 following a lengthy ...

United Kingdom unveils ambitious air pollution plan  Science Magazine

The United Kingdom wants to become a global leader in cleaning up polluted air—but the island nation may not be able to meet some of its ambitious new goals ...

Science Magazine
United Kingdom – Visit by Nathalie Loiseau (London, 13.09.18) - France-Diplomatie - Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires étrangères  France Diplomatie

Nathalie Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs, will visit London on September 13.

France Diplomatie
Brexit: Gibraltar could be problem for the United Kingdom and European Union  NEWS.com.au

There have been many flashpoints in the tortuous path Brexit has taken, from its divisive start to the summit this weekend that could seal its fate.

Fiat Quietly Stops Selling 124 Spider in United Kingdom  The Drive

Just two years after its introduction, Fiat has suddenly, and without explanation, stopped selling the 124 Spider in the United Kingdom. First spotted by Autocar, ...

The Drive
Foreign Secretary statement on Canada and Huawei  GOV.UK

The Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has issued a statement on the legal proceedings with respect to Ms. Meng Wanzhou, the Chief Financial Officer of Huawei.

Why do we say United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland? - Saturday briefing  Express

IS THERE anything you are desperately yearning to know? Are there any pressing factual disputes you would like us to help resolve? This is the page where we ...


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The United Kingdom, officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland but more commonly known as the UK or Britain, is a sovereign country lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state‍—‌the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.The UK is a unitary parliamentary democracy and constitutional monarchy. The current monarch is Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned since 1952, making her the longest-serving current head of state. The United Kingdom's capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major urban areas in the UK include Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Liverpool, and Newcastle.The United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast respectively. Apart from England, the countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers. The nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. The medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, and the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed almost a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language, culture and political systems of many of its former colonies.The United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a very high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world. It was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, cultural, military, scientific and political influence internationally. It is a recognised nuclear weapons state and is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946. It has been a leading member state of the European Union (EU) and its predecessor, the European Economic Community (EEC), since 1973; however, a referendum in 2016 resulted in 51.9% of UK voters favouring leaving the European Union, and the country's exit is being negotiated. The United Kingdom is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Council of Europe, the G7, the G20, NATO, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Interpol and the World Trade Organization (WTO).