UK or Great Britain comprises of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Is each of these countries autonomous with independent governments? In the World Cup Soccer, Commonwealth Games etc they are participating independently whereas in the Olympic Games they are participating as Great Britain. Will some one clarify?
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Scotland has devolved powers within the UK system of government. This means that the country is not independent but it does have control over some of its own affairs through its own elected parliament. The affairs over which the Scottish Parliament has control are called devolved powers. Devolution was restored to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2007 following the election of a four-party Executive of 12 ministers. Wales has a Welsh Assembly Government of 12 Ministers who oversee things pertaining only to Wales. The United Kingdom Government headed by Prime Minister Gordan Brown is the main Governing Body over and above all these Assemblies and the absolute power.