Why is Britain not a continent?
Tectonic plates moving around meant that this broke up into separate parts, eventually creating the continents and countries we recognise today. But Britain and France aren’t on the border of two moving tectonic plates, so this doesn’t account for why they split.
Is British a country or a continent?
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) is an island country that sits north-west of mainland Europe. It is made up of mainland Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) and the northern part of the island of Ireland (Northern Ireland).
When did Britain become separated from the continent?
The Irish Sea, North Sea and the Channel were all dry land, albeit land slowly being submerged as sea levels rose. But it wasn’t until 6,100BC that Britain broke free of mainland Europe for good, during the Mesolithic period – the Middle Stone Age.