Originally Posted by jaggy
I find the terms confusing but i think the land mass is actually The British Isles and not Great Britain. If Scotland leaves the union they would cease to be part of Great britain (I think).
Great Britain is the biggest British Isle (hence the "Great"), the island on which the vast majority of England, Wales and Scotland lie. The term "The British Isles" refers to the island of Great Britain, the island of Ireland and all of the smaller islands in the area, such as Anglesey, the Isle of Man, Isle of Wight, Isles of Scilly etc. If Scotland becomes independent, the country would cease to be a part of the United Kingdom (the country), not Great Britain, because Great Britain is an island.