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Cornish nationalists advocate either greater autonomy within England, or a split to become the United Kingdom's fifth home nation.
The Cornish Flag

Cornish nationalism is an umbrella term that refers to a cultural, political and social movement based in Cornwall, in the United Kingdom.[1] It is usually based around three general arguments: that Cornwall has a Celtic cultural identity separate from that of England, and that the Cornish people have a national, civic or ethnic identity separate from that of English people; that Cornwall should be granted a degree of devolution or autonomy, usually in the form of a Cornish regional assembly;[2] and that the Duchy of Cornwall is legally a territorial duchy with the right to veto Westminster legislation, not merely a county of England, and has never been formally incorporated into England via an Act of Union.[3]


Autonomy movement

Autonomists in Cornwall advocate a Cornish Assembly, a regional elected legislature that would make Cornwall a region of England.

Distinct cultural, national or ethnic identity

A street lined with shops is filled with hundreds of people. In the foreground are children wearing black vests each one defaced with a large white cross. The children surround a fiddler. In the background are spectators.
St Piran's Day is an annual patronal Cornish festival celebrating Cornish culture and history every March 5

Many supporters will, in addition to making legal or constitutional arguments, stress that the Cornish are a distinct ethnic group or nation, that people in Cornwall typically refer to 'England' as beginning east of the River Tamar, and that there is a Cornish language. If correct they argue the Cornish therefore have a right to national self determination. For further information on these topics, see Cornwall, Constitutional status of Cornwall, Cornish language, Culture of Cornwall, Cornish people etc.

Campaigners in 2001 for the first time prevailed upon the UK census to count Cornish ethnicity as a write-in option on the national census, although there was no separate Cornish tick box.[4] In 2004 school children in Cornwall could also record their ethnicity as Cornish on the schools census. Additionally, the Council of Europe has been applying increasing pressure on the UK government to recognise the Cornish for protection under the Council's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

In the world of Cornish sport also can be found expressions of Cornish national identity. In 2004 a campaign was started to field a Cornish national team in the 2006 Commonwealth Games.[5] King Arthur is often seen as part of Cornish mythology.

The notion that the Cornish are a separate ethnicity is sometimes[3][6] tied up with the notion that the Cornish are of Celtic blood, unlike most people in the rest of England. British Geneticist Bryan Sykes has criticised this notion. He claims that the Celtic identity only arose in the early 18th century, and believes that this was invented as linguistic terminology rather than an ethnic group. Edward Lhuyd noticed the similarities between Breton, Cornish, Irish, Scots Gaelic and Welsh, so he grouped them together as "Celtic". However, Sykes questions whether there ever was a Celtic people at all.[7] Groups such as the Celtic Congress and Celtic League and historian Peter Berresford Ellis agree that the Celtic identity is mainly a linguistic one, and assign it only to those countries where an indigenous Celtic language is still spoken, or was in the early modern period.[8]

Constitutional status

The Official Position on the Duchy of Cornwall

The Duchy of Cornwall is a private estate which funds the public, charitable and private activities of The Prince of Wales and his family. The Duchy itself consists of around 54,424 hectares of land in 23 counties, mostly in the South West of England. The current Duke of Cornwall, H.R.H Charles The Prince of Wales.

The Duchy estate was created in 1337 by Edward III for his son and heir, Prince Edward, and its primary function was to provide him and future Princes of Wales with an income from its assets. A charter ruled that each future Duke of Cornwall would be the eldest surviving son of the monarch and thus also the male heir to the throne.[9]

The rights of the Duchy of Cornwall

Cornish constitutionalists argue that the Duke of Cornwall is the de jure head of state in Cornwall.

The rights of the Dukes of Cornwall have been accused of being contrary to the spirit of Magna Carta. These include the right to intestate estates, bona vacantia, treasure trove, gold and silver deposits, waste land, foreshore, rivers and estuaries, mines, mineral rights, rights of common, castles, advowsons, and so on- whether in possession or reputed or claimed to be parcel of the Duchy of Cornwall- the Duchy being the body that collects the rents and dues on behalf of the Prince. (Duchy Charters: Section 5.11, [29]). Furthermore, the entirety of the Isles of Scilly is claimed despite the Duchy's admitting that they were not included in, rather "omitted" from, the three Duchy Charters.

The uniqueness of Cornwall as a semi-autonomous region may be deduced from Plowden's Commentaries of 1761 on the Case of Mines of 1568 in which he quotes the Judges, p. 334, as affirming:

If the King grants a man return of all manner of writs, yet he shall not
have return of summons of the Exchequer, for this touches the King himself
and is not between party and party

Despite these assertions, the summons of Exchequer was exceptionally granted to the Dukes of Cornwall in order to govern Cornwall. Since 1752, when the incumbent Duke of Cornwall was seriously challenged by the Cornish Stannary Parliament, it has no longer been convened by royal or ducal writ. Research suggests a system by which Cornwall was administered by the Dukes of Cornwall separately to England.

County or Country?

Supporters of self-government argue that the de jure constitutional status of Cornwall is a Duchy and country and therefore not a county of England; the Duchy of Cornwall and current UK government deny this claim. Supporters of self-government often point to a lack of co-operation shown by the Duchy of Cornwall authorities when requests are made for an investigation of constitutional issues. In 1997 the Liberal Democrat Andrew George MP attempted to raise a Duchy-related question; he was prevented by an injunction that disallows MPs raising any questions in Parliament that are in any way related to the Duchy. At the time he was told it was a "restricted action"; to raise such a Duchy-related question might "cast reflections on the sovereign or the royal family" and that there was a "similar injunction on speeches"[10][11].

On 15 May 2000 the Cornish Stannary Parliament despatched an invoice to the chief officer of the Duchy of Cornwall, The Lord Warden of The Stannaries. This invoice demanded a refund of a calculated £20 billion overcharge in taxation on tin production from 1337-1837. This was calculated according to production figures and historic wealth calculation methods by Harvard University 1908, and The Sunday Times Rich List, March 2000, respectively. Cornwall was charged at over twice the rate levied on the adjacent county of Devon. On 17 May 2000 The Guardian reported that the Cornish Stannary Parliament, who sent the bill, said that the Duchy had claimed an excess tax on tin production in Cornwall for 500 years, and requested payment within 120 days. The Cornish Stannary Parliament argued that their action demonstrated how Cornwall was treated separately from England and thus should have special status today. On recepit of the moneys they claimed owed they declared it would be spent it on an agency to boost Cornwall's economy.[12] The Guardian went on to point out that the Duke of Cornwall himself, H.R.H Charles the Prince of Wales is in effect trustee and cannot sell off the Duchy's assets thus he would have difficulty in paying the bill. H.R.H. Charles the Prince of Wales does not receive any money from the state. His financial stability coming from the £5m-£6m annual net surplus generated by the Duchy.[12]

European Court of Human Rights Case

In April 2006 the Cornish Stannary Parliament lodged a case with the European Court of Human Rights regarding the case for Cornwall, in respect of alleged violations of the European Convention of Human Rights, Articles 6, (independent and impartial courts); 8, (respect family life); 10, (freedom of expression); 13, (violations by officials); 14 with Protocol 12, (discrimination on the grounds of association with a national minority, property, birth or other status); 17, (the official destruction of rights); Protocol 1 Article 1, (property rights) with 385 supporting documents. The Court stated that it: "will deal with the case as soon as practicable".

Objectives of the Cornish Stannary Parliament's application to the European Court of Human Rights 2006 are:-

  1. To request a ruling by the Court that the Convention rights of the Applicants are violated on the grounds of bias and discrimination in the legislative, judicial and executive decision making process adopted by the government of the United Kingdom in relation to Cornwall on account of the priorities being provided in terms of 'rights, property and profits' (Crown Proceedings Act 1947, Doc.37) in Cornwall for the Duke of Cornwall as Heir to the Throne causing harassment, intimidation and deprivation to the Applicants as members of the indigenous Celtic people of Cornwall.
  2. To request a ruling by the Court that the Duchy of Cornwall Estate, as the provider of an income for the Heir to the Throne, be designated a public body as is the case with the Crown Estate which has no holdings in Cornwall. (Doc.40+95).
  3. To request a ruling by the Court that the protection of the Convention rights of the Applicants requires the government of the United Kingdom to apply the principle of equality before the law (Doc.36) in the distribution of state funding so that the culture, heritage, traditions and language of the indigenous Cornish national minority of Britain is funded proportionate to that currently made available for the culture, heritage, traditions and language of the English national majority of Britain as well as the Welsh, Gaels and Ulster Scots.
  4. To request a ruling by the Court that the protection of the Convention rights of the Applicants requires enforceable adherence to the principle of equality before the law in legislation relevant to land ownership, whether designated Crown land or otherwise, and the implementation of the measures necessary to realise the discontinuance of exemptions from planning legislation and regulations (Doc.93) in order to eliminate the suspicion of the official use of planning laws to maximise the profits of one state aided organisation, impose deprivation on, and suppress the Celtic identity and cultural heritage of, the Applicants and other Cornish people.
  5. To request a ruling by the Court that the exclusion of the Cornish from the provisions of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities constitutes a violation of the Convention rights of the Applicants.
  6. To request a ruling by the Court that the protection of the Convention rights of individuals in ‘association with a national minority’ requires the inclusion of a guarantee of the international principle of equality before the law within the legal systems of applicant states and member states as a defining qualification for membership of the Council of Europe.


History of the separate Cornish identity

At the time of King Canute, Cornwall fell outside his British realms.[13]

Historically Cornwall was recognised as separate:

In 936 Athelstan fixed Cornwall's eastern boundary at the Tamar.[14]

The Italian scholar Polydore Vergil in his famous Anglica Historia, published in 1535, wrote that:

'the whole Countrie of Britain divided into iiii partes; whereof the one is inhabited of Englishmen, the other of Scottes, the third of Wallshemen, [and] the fowerthe of Cornishe people, which all differ emonge them selves, either in tongue, manners, or ells in lawes and ordinaunces.'[15]

Writing in 1616, Arthur Hopton stated:

'England is ...divided into 3 great Provinces, or Countries ...every of them speaking a several and different language, as English, Welsh and Cornish.'[15]

During the Tudor period many travellers were clear that the Cornish were commonly regarded as a separate ethnic group. For example Lodovico Falier, an Italian diplomat at the Court of Henry VIII said 'The language of the English, Welsh and Cornish men is so different that they do not understand each other.' He went on to give the alleged 'national characteristics' of the three peoples, saying for example 'the Cornishman is poor, rough and boorish'[15]

Another notable example is Gaspard de Coligny Châtillon - the French Ambassador in London - who wrote saying that England was not a united whole as it 'contains Wales and Cornwall, natural enemies of the rest of England, and speaking a different language.'[15]

It seems these views remained the same through the 16th century, after the death of Henry's daughter, Elizabeth I, in 1603, the Venetian ambassador wrote that the late queen had ruled over five different 'peoples': 'English, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish ...and Irish'.[15]

It seems however that the recognition by outsiders of the Cornish as a separate people declined with the language, which by the 19th century had essentially ceased to be used.

History of modern Cornish nationalism

Cornwall has had its own gorsedd, Gorseth Kernow, since 1928

The history of modern Cornish nationalism goes back to the end of the 19th century. The failure of Irish home rule caused Gladstone's Liberal party to revise and make more relevant its devolution policy by advocating the idea of 'home rule all round' applying to Scotland and Wales but opening the door for Cornish Liberals to use cultural themes for political purposes.[16]

Henry Jenner was an important figure in early 20th-century Cornish national awareness. He made the case for Cornwall's membership in the Celtic Congress, pioneered the movement to revive the Cornish language, and founded the Cornish Gorseth.[17]

Traditionally, much support to Cornish self-government has come from supporters of Welsh self-government, who have often seen the Cornish as their Brythonic Celtic kindred. For example, Mebyon Kernow has a twinning arrangement with the Blaenau Gwent branch of Plaid Cymru.

Some intellectual support for Cornish self-government has come from the Institute of Cornish Studies, affiliated to the University of Exeter.

In 2000, the Cornish Constitutional Convention launched a campaign for a Cornish Assembly. This was a cross-party movement representing many political voices and positions in Cornwall, from Mebyon Kernow and Cornish Solidarity to the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives. It collected over 50,000 petition signatures.[18]

Cornwall County Council commissioned an opinion poll by MORI on this subject. The poll was conducted in February 2003 and showed 55% of the Cornish public in favour of an assembly. However the same MORI poll indicated an equal number of Cornish respondents were in favour of a South West Regional Assembley, (70% in favour of a Cornish assembly, 72% in favour of a S.West Regional assembly) .[19]

On 14 July 2009, Dan Rogerson MP, of the Liberal Democrats, presented a Cornish 'breakaway' bill to the Parliament in Westminster - 'The Government of Cornwall Bill'. The bill proposes a devolved Assembly for Cornwall, similar to the Welsh and Scottish set up. The bill states that Cornwall should re-assert its rightful place within the United Kingdom. "Cornwall is a unique part of the country, and this should be reflected in the way that it is governed. The Bill would provide Cornwall for greater responsibility in areas such as agriculture, heritage, education, housing and economic sustainability. There is a political and social will for Cornwall to be recognised as its own nation. Constitutionally, Cornwall has the right to a level of self-Government, as demonstrated by the Cornish Foreshore Case in 1858 which confirmed that Cornwall is legally a Duchy which is extraterritorial to England. If the Government is going to recognise the right of Scotland and Wales to greater self-determination because of their unique cultural and political positions, then they should recognise the same right of Cornwall."[20][21][22]

The Cornish independence movement received unexpected publicity in 2004, when Channel 4's Alternative Christmas message, (featuring The Simpsons) showed Lisa Simpson chanting Rydhsys rag Kernow lemmyn ! (Freedom for Cornwall now !) and holding a placard saying "UK OUT OF CORNWALL".[23][24][25]


The Cornish flag, the banner of Cornwall's patron saint Saint Piran, has become a symbol of Cornwall and is flown throughout the county.

Cornwall County Council's Feb 2003 MORI poll showed 55% in favour of an elected, fully-devolved regional assembly for Cornwall and 13% against. (Previous result :46% in favour in 2002).[26] However the same MORI poll indicated an equal number of Cornish respondents were in favour of a South West Regional Assembly, (70% in favour of a Cornish assembly, 72% in favour of a S.West Regional assembly) .[19] The campaign for a Cornish Assembly has the support of all five Cornish Lib Dem MPs, Mebyon Kernow, and Cornwall Council.

Lord Whitty, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions, in the House of Lords, recognised that Cornwall has a "special case" for devolution.[27] and on a visit to Cornwall Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott said "Cornwall has the strongest regional identity in the UK."

In October 2007 Lib Dem MP Andrew George stated in a press release, "Just because the Government has approached the whole Regional Devolution agenda in entirely the wrong way, does not mean to say that the project itself should be ditched. If Scotland is benefiting from devolution then Cornwall should learn from this and increase the intensity of its own campaign for devolution to a Cornish Assembly."[28]

On Tuesday 17 July 2007, Local Government Minister John Healey MP announced Government plans to abolish regional assemblies. Functions of regional assemblies are planned to pass to Regional Development Agencies in 2010.[29][30] The South West Regional Assembly is due to be replaced by the South West Regional Development Agency in 2010.

On 19 July 2007 MP Dan Rogerson welcomed the government announcement that unelected Regional Assemblies are to be scrapped and he asked the government to look again at the case for a locally accountable Cornish Assembly and Cornish Development agency, "in light of the important convergence funding from the EU". Cornish MP Andrew George said in July 2007 I’m optimistic that the Minister's announcement will give us the future prospects to build a strong consensus, demonstrate Cornwall's distinctiveness from the Government zone for the South West and then draw up plans so that we can decide matters for ourselves locally rather than being told by unelected quangos in Bristol and elsewhere."[31]

Government minister John Healey conceded that "Cornwall still faces some significant economic challenges" and said he would consider the need for a Cornish Development Agency alongside his decision on local government restructuring.[32]

In December 2007 Cornwall Council Leader David Whalley stated "There is something inevitable about the journey to a Cornish Assembly. We are also moving forward in creating a Cornish Development Agency - we are confident that strategic planning powers will come back to us after the SW regional assembly goes."[33].

In 2008 Cornish residents are being offered a new brand of local government - Cornwall's Liberal Democrat councillors have agreed plans to create a Unitary authority for the region, abolishing the six district councils. This means that where there was once one democratically elected member for every 3,000 residents, there will now be one councillor for every 7,000 people. The unitary authority "One Cornwall" Council will however not have the same powers as the proposed Cornish Assembly. Westminster has ruled out any extra powers for Cornwall and the unelected quango of the South West Regional Development Agency will remain in place. This means that Cornish Objective One money will still be managed from outside of Cornwall. There have in fact been suggestions that powers could be taken from the new Cornish unitary authority as it may struggle to cope with the extra workload inherited from the district councils. A premise for a single governing body for Cornwall was that the new Cornwall Council would have greater powers, being granted more responsibilities from Westminster.[34]

Political parties and pressure groups

  • Cornish Constitutional Convention is a cross-party advisory group that has been instrumental in moulding opinion in both Cornwall and London towards a new accommodation for Cornwall within the United Kingdom. It was formed in November 2000 with the objective of establishing a devolved Assembly for Cornwall (Senedh Kernow).[36]. It states that "The aim of the Convention is to establish a form of modern governance which strengthens Cornwall, her role in the affairs of the country, and positively addresses the problems that have arisen from more than a century of growing isolation and loss of confidence." Its principal lobbying document is DEVOLUTION for ONE and ALL: Governance for Cornwall in the 21st Century [2]
The Celtic League and Celtic Congress consider Cornwall to be one of six Celtic nations.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 1673, on politics and government: South West region, whether any parts of Stannary Law still exist as part of the law of England and Wales. [276568]

Mr. Wills: The body of Stannary customary law has not been systematically repealed. It is likely however that such customary law has been superseded by modern legislation. There were also provisions in 19th century primary legislation relating to the stannaries, but these have largely been repealed. [40]

  • Cornish Solidarity are a non-partisan political pressure group that calls for the recognition of the ethnic Cornish as a national minority.
  • John Angarrack of Cornwall 2000, the Human Rights organisation, has written three books to date, Breaking the Chains, Our Future is History and Scat t’Larrups? released on May 15, 2008. They detail many of the core issues of the Cornish national movement as well as a re-examination of Cornish history and the Cornish constitution.[42] The "Cornish Fighting Fund" was launched by Cornwall 2000 in August 2008.[43] However the fund failed to meet the required target of £100 000 by the end of December 2008, having received just over £33,000 in pledges, and the plan is now abandoned.[44] The instigator of the campaign, John Angarrack, on launching the fund stated; "If by that date (Dec 08), the strategy outlined here has not gathered the required level of support, we shall assume that the Cornish community does not cherish its identity nor care that it survives."
  • Tyr Gwyr Gweryn (Cornish for land, truth, people) was originally a focus group formed out of members of 'Cowethas Flamank', a Cornish affairs group, and participants in Kescusulyans Kernow (Conference of Cornwall) having a special interest in the constitution of Cornwall. TGG has recently posted to its website, the transcript of the dispute between the Crown & Duchy of Cornwall (1855–1857) over ownership the Cornish Foreshore. This has been done in order to place the previously hidden legal argument and evidence, submitted for arbitration, into the public domain.[45]
  • The Cornish branch of the Green Party of England and Wales also campaigns on a manifesto of devolution to Cornwall and Cornish minority issues. In the 2005 general election the Green party struck a partnership deal with Mebyon Kernow [3].
  • An Gof was a militant organisation, which was active in the early 1980s. A message was sent in 2007 claiming that it had reformed and was responsible for graffiti in various places around Cornwall and attacks on St. George's flags. Later in 2007, it claimed to have merged with another group to form the Cornish National Liberation Army. A message was sent claiming to be from this organisation, threatening celebrity chefs Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver, blaming them for the increase in house prices caused by the trend towards English people owning second homes in Cornwall. It is far from clear whether this is a real organisation.

Political representation

In Cornwall

In the 2009 local elections Mebyon Kernow got 3 seats of Cornwall Council. A number of nationalist independents were also elected. Mebyon Kernow also has a number of parish councillors elected.

In the United Kingdom

Mebyon Kernow does not have any members elected to the UK parliament, but the elected Andrew George and Dan Rogerson have taken up nationalist causes both in Parliament and outside of it. All five Cornish MPs put their names to the Government of Cornwall Bill 2009 with proposed setting up a legislative Cornish Assembly.

In Europe

Mebyon Kernow is a member of the European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament. In the 2009 European elections it got 14,922 votes.


A group called An Gof, referring to the blacksmith Michael An Gof who led the failed rebellion of 1497, made a number of attacks in the 1980s, including a bomb at a courthouse in St Austell in 1980, a fire in a Penzance hairdressers a year later, and an arson attack on a bingo hall in Redruth.[46][47] It remained silent until 2007, when it made a statement that "any attempts from hereon to fly the hated and oppressive Flag of St George, which we know as the blood banner in our country, will result in direct action by our organisation".[46] An English flag in Tresillian earlier that year was ripped to shreds and the words "English Out" daubed on a garden wall.[48]

In 2007, a group called the Cornish National Liberation Army made headlines when it threatened to burn down two restaurants in Padstow and Newquay belonging to Rick Stein and Jamie Oliver respectively, whom the group called "English newcomers".[48][49][50] The group claimed it had funding from "other Celtic Nations" and the United States, and appeared to be an amalgamation of the Cornish Liberation Army and An Gof.[46] It also reportedly sprayed "burn second homes" onto walls in the county.[48] The group's actions were linked to local concerns about lack of affordable housing and an increasing number of second homes.[51]

See also


  1. ^ Cornish Stannary Parliament
  2. ^ Mebyon Kernow support the Cornish Assembly
  3. ^ a b The Duchy of Cornwall - history supported by references to primary source material
  4. ^ Cornish ethnicity data from the 2001 Census
  5. ^ CCGA
  6. ^ Philip Payton (1996) - Cornwall - Fowey: Alexander Associates
  7. ^ Bryan Sykes, "The Blood of the Isles", Bantam Press, London, 2006. p.46-47
  8. ^ Revival in Cornish language - Times online - May 2008
  9. ^
  10. ^ Tamar Bridge Act 1998, s.41
  11. ^ Letter from the House of Commons Library to Andrew George M.P. dated 16th July 1997
  12. ^ a b
  13. ^ John, H. (1995) The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings. London: Penguin Books
  14. ^ Philip Payton. (1996). Cornwall. Fowey: Alexander Associates
  15. ^ a b c d e Stoyle, Mark (1 January 2001). "A separate people". The Cornish: A Neglected Nation?. BBC History. Retrieved 2008-05-30. 
  16. ^ Tregidga, Garry (Spring 1999). "Devolution for the Duchy - The Liberal Party and the Nationalist Movement in Cornwall" (PDF). Journal of Liberal Democrat History (Liberal Democrat History Group) (22): 21–23. 
  17. ^ Payton, Philip (2004). "Re-inventing Kernow". Cornwall - A History (2nd revised ed.). Fowey: Cornwall Editions Ltd. ISBN 1904880053. 
  18. ^ BBC News - December 2001 - 50,000 petition calls for a Cornish Assembly
  19. ^ a b [1]
  20. ^
  21. ^ BBC news - July 2009 - MP wants more powers for Cornwall
  22. ^ Government of Cornwall Bill - Cornish Assembly - Dan Rogerson MP - July 2009
  23. ^ BBC News - July 2004 - Simpsons Lisa puts cool into Cornish cause
  24. ^ Simpsons Channel July 2004 - Lisa Simpsons's alternative to the Queen's traditional Christmas message
  25. ^ "Cornwall Uncovered - The Simpsons go Cornish for Christmas". BBC. December 2004. Retrieved 2009-01-03. 
  26. ^ Give Cornwall what it wants
  27. ^ House of Lords debates, Wednesday, 21 March 2001, "Devolution: England" transcript of speech
  28. ^ Andrew George MP - Press Release 29th Oct 2007
  29. ^ Dan Rogerson MP - New powers for Cornwall 'In sight'
  30. ^ BBC news July 2007 - Regional assemblies will be axed
  31. ^ Cornish MP Andrew George asks for a Cornish Regional Development Agency
  32. ^ Minister considers Cornwall proposals
  33. ^ Cornwall Council Leader, David Whalley, speaks at the conference of the Cornish Constitutional Convention 1st December 2007
  34. ^ BBC news 26 February 2008 - Cornwall 'super-council' approved
  35. ^ - BBC European elections Southwest seat final vote counts
  36. ^ Cornish assembly
  37. ^ Celtic League
  38. ^ Cornwall Council timeline
  39. ^ House of Commons Hansard - Written Answers - March 29, 2007:Column 1673W (accessed August 27, 2007)
  40. ^ House of Commons- Written Answers - 20 May 2009 : Column 1449W
  41. ^ CNP - An Baner Kernewek
  42. ^ Scat t’Larrups?
  43. ^ Cornish Fighting Fund
  44. ^
  45. ^ Tyr Gwyr Gweryn
  46. ^ a b c John Harris (2007-06-15). "Fighting them on the beaches". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  47. ^ "English Courthouse Bombed". New York Times. 1980-12-09 accessdate=2009-05-18. 
  48. ^ a b c Steven Morris (2007-06-14). "Cornish militants rise again - and this time they're targeting celebrity chefs". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  49. ^ "Cornish extremists' chefs threat". The Sun. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  50. ^ "Cornish 'Army' Threaten Celebrity Chefs". Sky News. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 
  51. ^ "Man held in chef-threat inquiry". BBC News. 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2009-05-18. 

Further reading

  • Angarrack, J. Our Future is History. Independent Academic Press. 2002. ISBN 0-9529313-4-6.
  • Deacon, B., Cole, D. & Tregidga, G. Mebyon Kernow and Cornish Nationalism. Welsh Academic Press. 2003. ISBN 1-86507-075-5.

External links

Simple English

Cornish nationalists advocate either greater autonomy within England, or a split to become the United Kingdom's fifth home nation.
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The Cornish self-government movement (sometimes referred to as Cornish nationalism) is a social movement which seeks greater autonomy for the distinctive area of Cornwall.[1] The movement's advocates argue that Cornwall is not merely a county of England (which is its current administrative status) but a duchy and a distinctive British nation which has never been formally incorporated into England via an Act of Union of 1707.[2] Supporters of Cornish self-government who assert that Cornwall is, or ought to be, a separate legal entity from England do not necessarily mean to advocate full independence from the United Kingdom,[3] but rather seek official recognition for Cornwall as one of the constituent countries or home nations of the UK.

Some supporters of Cornish self-government question the legitimacy of English rule in Cornwall, due to the failure of the former Parliament of England to ever pass an Act of Union, although their claims are not generally recognised within the United Kingdom (or sometimes within Cornwall itself). However, many see some degree of autonomy as a stepping stone towards this, and are supportive of the Cornish Assembly Campaign.[4]


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