Cornish people given minority status

Posted on 28th April 2014

Cornish people are set to be given minority status under European rules for the protection of national minorities.

This means visitors staying in beautiful Cornwall coastal cottages this year will now be heading to a county where its people have been given the same status as other Celtic communities, such as the Scots, Welsh and Irish.

The news has been celebrated by members of the Cornish independence party as well as members of Cornwall County Council.

Cornwall Council leader John Pollard said: “There are obviously significant benefits for Cornwall in being included within the framework convention, which is worth celebrating, and I pay tribute to all those who have worked tirelessly over many years to achieve this status.”

Danny Alexander, the chief secretary to the treasury, will make an announcement when he visits Cornwall later this year and the status is set to be granted on 5th March next year.

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