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This explains Brexit.

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AWendyAteMyFitbit Sun 18-Jun-17 02:32:44

Watching bb on catch-up as an - admittedly grumpy - insomniac.

And Nicola-fucking-McLean doesn't know what continent we're on??? The woman is 36 years old. WTAF?

I may have pmt so growled at this but seriously how can you not know?

Modestine Sun 18-Jun-17 02:39:44

Was hoping for an Economist-style analysis of what Brexit will mean for the country.

grin Sorry you can't sleep. I can't either.

AWendyAteMyFitbit Sun 18-Jun-17 02:43:25

Ha ha sorry Modestine I'm just home from hospital and probably not fully coherent but have just realised watching it again that a couple of them didn't know what a continent was hence not being able to answer.

It's just depressing!

Modestine Sun 18-Jun-17 02:48:36

Yes, it's terrifying.

olliegarchy99 Sun 18-Jun-17 07:13:22

we are not on any continent!
definition of a continent :
any of the world's main continuous expanses of land (Europe, Asia, Africa, North and South America, Australia, Antarctica)
we are a collection of islands and not on any continent. hmm

GraceGrape Sun 18-Jun-17 07:17:54

Rubbish Ollie, so no islands are part of any continent? I somehow doubt Nicola was arguing that although we are part of the continent of Europe we are not geographically joined to the landmass of most other European countries.

user1495884620 Sun 18-Jun-17 07:25:37

Ollie's definition also makes Europe, Asia and Africa one continent. And North and South America one continent.

AWendyAteMyFitbit Sun 18-Jun-17 08:49:02

Oh I didn't think the post would go this way. I know we are part of the European continent. Really as you can see in my second comment it was more not knowing what a "continent" was in the end that baffled.

But found this old thread on the subject: https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/education/900177-If-you-were-asked-what-continent-the-UK-was-in

What are your opinions MNers?

allegretto Sun 18-Jun-17 08:54:26

Continent is used in different ways.
- a geopolitical region:in which case the UK is part of the continent of Europe
- a continuous landmass: in which case "the continent" is used as a term to talk about mainland Europe.

However, if we are using the first sense, of course we have to say we are part of Europe. We can't randomly decide we're part of Africa, can we? [grin ]

olliegarchy99 Sun 18-Jun-17 14:20:01

usernumbers
it is not my definition - if you look it up via google
Ollie's definition also makes Europe, Asia and Africa one continent. And North and South America one continent.
it is NOT my definition - if you look up via google this is the definition of what is a continent
I give up - if you cannot be bothered to look it up.

olliegarchy99 Sun 18-Jun-17 14:21:28

for your elucidation
www.dictionary.com/browse/continent hmm

GraceGrape Sun 18-Jun-17 14:22:55

I think the point is Ollie that this was probably not Nicola Maclean's train of thought!

BrexitSucks Sun 18-Jun-17 15:05:54

UK is on the European continental shelf. So part of European continent.

Judashascomeintosomemoney Sun 18-Jun-17 15:10:38

TBH OP, if you're watching BB for your daily dose of intellectualism, you're possibly looking in the wrong place. grin

SapphireStrange Mon 19-Jun-17 14:00:24

What did she say?

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