Towards independence for Cornwall?

Last week, there was a “generally warm welcome” when the Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announced that Cornwall would become an officially recognised minority community, along with Wales, Scotland and Ireland, says Brian Groom in the FT.

Independence for Cornwall, population 536,000, looks distant; but Cornish campaigners “hope it will be a stepping stone” to a devolved assembly.

Andrew George, the Lib Dem MP for St Ives, said the idea of a Cornish assembly, operating within the UK, but with enhanced decision-making powers, was “desirable and achievable within my lifetime”.

Cornwall’s new status won’t have [...]

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