‘National minority’ status finally granted to the Cornish

The next time you’re in Cornwall for your caravan holidays UK things may well be slightly different.The language may be spoken even louder, and the county’s culture may be celebrated even prouder.

The Cornish have been granted ‘national minority’ status under European rules adopted by the UK government.

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Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury announced the decision on a trip to the county, which will give the Cornish the same status as other Celtic groups – the Welsh, Scottish and Irish.

Visitors to Cornwall on their static caravan holidays will have immersed themselves in the county’s own culture, history and language. It’s these aspects that have been at the forefront for campaigners arguing that Cornwall is a separate entity to England.

The news follows 15 years of campaigning by activists and politicians. Dick Cole, leader of Mebyon Kernow, said: “This is a fantastic development.”

"A lot of people have been working for many years to get Cornwall the recognition other Celtic people of the UK already receive.

"The detail is still to come out on what this might mean, but make no mistake that this is a proud day for Cornwall."

In 2011’s census, 84,000 people declared their nationality as Cornish, and 557 of these claimed Cornish as their first language.