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Cornwallians to be given protected minority status

People from the county of Cornwall in the UK's South West are to be afforded protected status as a national minority under European Union rules, reports the BBC.

People in Cornwall are to be given the same protected status as those from Wales, Scotland and Ireland, after the Government announced that the Cornish will be afforded protection under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The Framework Convention is a piece of European Union legislation that requires member states to consider those people included within its provisions when making decisions.

Although many are still unsure about the exact ramifications for the Cornish, the news has been welcomed by many who view the protected status as a boost to Cornwall as a brand.

Cornwall lies at the southwestern-most tip of the UK, and boasts some of Britain's most beautiful beaches and coves, as well as rowdy nightlife in the tourist centres such as Newquay.

Amenities in Cornwall have increased dramatically in recent years, further adding to the appeal for tourists, who can now enjoy the same access to services such as ATMs that they would find elsewhere in the UK.

The announcement was made by Treasury Secretary Danny Alexander 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," he said.

Factions within Cornwall have campaigned for many years to achieve an independent status from the rest of the UK.

Dick Cole, the leader of the Cornish independence movement, said: "A lot of people have been working for many years to get Cornwall the recognition other Celtic people of the UK already receive."

"The detail is still to come out on what this might mean, but make no mistake that this is a proud day for Cornwall," he added.