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The Cornish have been officially recognised as a nation.

The landmark ruling, defining the Cornish as an ethnic minority, comes after a 15 year campaign by nationalists.

Patriotic MPs joined forces with the Celtic League to force Whitehall to change the law.

Local Conservative MPs Sarah Newton and George Eustice both resisted Cornish recognition.

The couple claimed the EU’s Convention for the Protection of National Minorities’ was something the UK signed up to “primarily to set an example to the Serbians” after the bloody Yugoslav wars.

In the end their Government gave up on the two turncoat Tories and announced the Convention did recognise Cornwall.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander told a meeting in Bodmin this week: “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.”

General Secretary of the Celtic League Rhisiart Tal-e-bot said: “This is a great day for the Cornish people and it has been a long hard fight to achieve this result.

“It has been a combined effort of many campaigners over many years to get the UK Government to officially recognise the fact that the Cornish are a distinct people with their own language, culture and identity of their own.

“We have achieved this goal and this is fantastic news!

He explained: “The new law protects and promotes the rights of the Celtic peoples.

“It has been long campaigned for in respect of the Cornish since the Framework came into effect in 1998.”

The Celtic League are now set to champion the Breton cause.

Rhisiart said: “We’ll now be putting pressure on the French Government.

“The Breton people should be recognised in the same way.”

Posted by on April 25, 2014. Filed under Today's Top Cornish Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

3 Responses to GODS COUNTRY!

  1. Davethewave

    April 27, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Fantastic news and not before time.
    Eustice and Newton – are you really surprised?

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  3. Craig Weatherhill

    May 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Now ask UKIP’s Rosie Ward what she thinks of this…..

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