many IN Cornwall already regard themselves as being a separate people. Now the Cornish are to be recognised as a national minority group for the first time, Chief Secretary Danny Alexander has announced today.
The Liberal Democrat Cabinet Minister said the decision meant for the first time Cornish people would receive the same rights and protections as other minorities in the UK. It means they are classified under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities with the same status as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish.
Mr Alexander, who is making a visit to Bodmin today, said: “Cornish people have a proud history and a distinct identity. I am delighted we have been able to recognise this and afford the Cornish people the same status as other minorities in the UK.”
Communities Minister Stephen Williams added: “This is a great day for the people of Cornwall who have long campaigned for the distinctiveness and identity of the Cornish people to be recognised officially. The Cornish and Welsh are the oldest peoples on this island and as a Welshman I look forward to Saint Piran’s Flag flying with extra Celtic pride on March 5 next year.”
The announcement follows previous commitments, which included formal recognition of the Cornish language.
In March, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the Government would be investing a further £120,000 into the Cornish Language Partnership to promote and develop the language.