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Chris Hadfield sparked a Twitter row by using the phrase 'British Isles'

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Jason Clarke Jason Clarke

JUST DAYS AFTER taking up his appointment as an official tourism ambassador for Ireland – and supping the obligatory pint of Guinness – Chris Hadfield is already facing a little blowback.

This morning, he tweeted this map:

Irish people weren’t slow to point out the difficulty:

However, there were also many on the other side:

And things got pretty heated:

Luckily, some are taking a longer view…

For anyone wondering where everyone stands on the ‘British Isles’ question, here’s a comprehensive explainer. (The Irish government doesn’t use the term ‘British Isles’.)

And for anyone else wondering why nobody can agree, this video will explain:


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