Downing Street Twitter gaffe includes Isle of Man in UK

Tweet The Isle of Man government asked for the map of the United Kingdom to be corrected

The Manx government has had to remind the Prime Minister it is not part of the UK after the island was included on a UK map on the Number 10 Twitter page.

The tweet from Number 10 two days ago, made ahead of the Scottish Independence vote, said: "By staying united we have much more to gain #UNITEDKingdom".

The Manx government tweeted: "Please could this map be corrected the Isle of Man is not part of the United Kingdom."

But Downing Street has yet to amend the map to correctly identify the UK.

The island is a self-governing Crown Dependency like the Channel Islands.

The Manx government later tweeted: "The Isle of Man works very closely with neighbouring nations, but is not part of UK."

According to the government the Isle of Man is not, and never has been, part of the United Kingdom, nor is it part of the European Union.

It is not represented at Westminster or Brussels and is a self-governing Crown Dependency with its own parliament, government and laws.

The UK government on behalf of the Crown, is ultimately responsible for its international relations.

The Queen, who is 'Lord of Man,' is the Manx Head of State and is represented on the island by the Lieutenant Governor.

Isle of Man The Isle of Man asked for the Prime Minister's tweet to be corrected

More on This Story

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Isle of Man

Weather

Douglas

Min. Night 18 °C

Features

  • Lucy FranklinDouble trouble

    'Rising house prices left me high and dry - twice!'


  • NS Savannah, 1962Nuclear dream

    The ship that totally failed to change the world


  • Ed Miliband takes a selfie at a Cambridge hairdressersNo more photo ops?

    Why is Ed Miliband drawing attention to his public image?


  • Espresso cup7 days quiz

    Which city serves the strongest cup of coffee?


  • Glasgow 2014 quaichs and medalsQuaich guide

    What do the Scottish gifts given to Games medallists symbolise?


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.