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    Default English Banks vs. British Banks

    Within the limited context of the British Isles, what is the difference between an English Bank and a British Bank?

    This is a general question and not a specific inquiry into banking procedures or policies.

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    Where is Red 5 when we need him most?

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    The second post in this thread was removed, as it was irrelevant. One could even say it was a case of 'trolling'. ;)

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    Default Re: English Banks vs. British Banks

    Quote Originally Posted by MW
    Within the limited context of the British Isles, what is the difference between an English Bank and a British Bank?

    This is a general question and not a specific inquiry into banking procedures or policies.
    I'm not sure, myself. :( Seems to me, though, that English could be used to refer to England (the banks of England/ the English banks), and British used to refer to Britain (the banks of Britain/ the British banks). :wink: :D

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    There are banks whose offices are based in England and whose customer base is limited to people in England. My guess is that "English banks" would distinguish between these, and other banks in the UK who may have a wider reach or are based in other areas in the UK such as Scotland etc.

    TDOL, do you know the answer?
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    I can't think of anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red5
    There are banks whose offices are based in England and whose customer base is limited to people in England. My guess is that "English banks" would distinguish between these, and other banks in the UK who may have a wider reach or are based in other areas in the UK such as Scotland etc.

    TDOL, do you know the answer?
    Whenever in doubt - call the cavalry or in this case ABA (American Bankers Association). Red, you are correct to a point. England being an entity is encompassed by the greater entity of Britain. English banks are also British banks but the Bank of England is an entity in itself. All that trouble for a couple of pounds?

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    Being a central bank, I've never heard of it being called anything other than the 'Bank of Engliand' of its nickname. I haven't heard it described as an English bank. Anyway, doesn't its remit include Wales? As far as I know,there is no Welsh poound.

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    Can a person be British but not English?

    Are all English people also British?

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