The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, will tomorrow announce that the government will recognise the Cornish under the Framework Convention for Protection of National Minorities.
Being recognised as a minority may sound like a technicality but it’s a big deal. The Cornish will have the same protections as the Welsh, Scottish and the Irish, meaning government departments and public bodies will be required to take Cornish views into account when making decisions. This is extremely important given our status as the poorest place in the UK. Cornwall still receives Convergence funding from the EU because we are poorer than parts of Eastern Europe. Too often national policies have failed to take into account our unique economy and issues. It will no longer be legally possible to ignore Cornwall.
Danny Alexander said:
“Cornish people have a proud history and a distinct identity. I am delighted that we have been able to officially recognise this and afford the Cornish people the same status as other minorities in the UK.”
Source: Bewnans Kernow