|Councillor Hibaq jama ( Centre ) with members of the Somaliland community in Birmingham ( Photos by A. Mead )|
In London , the Somaliland ambassador in UK for Somaliland submitted a petition to No 10 Downing Street asking for the recognition of Somaliland by the British government .
UKIP political party which is gaining publicity and achieving success in the political arena of the United Kingdom also called for the British government to recognize it's former colony - the Republic of Somaliland.
Tens of thousands of People of Somaliland origin live in Birmingham while similar or more numbers live in Wales and in parts of England including London.
That union failed on May 18, 1991 when Somaliland seceded from greater Somalia after a bloody civil war that had killed tens of thousands of civilians.
Somaliland has a functioning democracy with elected parliament and president. It has its own army , national flag, currency , passport and security forces.