Why Cornwall?

According to Cornish Law expert, solicitor and Notary Public John Kirkhope, Cornwall is asĀ eligibleĀ as any other minority Nation of the British Commonwealth for inclusion in the Commonwealth games. Here’s just a few of the facts that makes Cornwall so unique and so unlike any county in the UK.

  • Cornwall is legally and constitutionally an extra territorial land separate from England.
  • Although our own Parliament was suspended in the 18th Century, we still have Independent Sovereign Rights that are fixed in law.
  • Henry VIII listed England and Cornwall separately, in the list of his realms given in his Coronation address.
  • Cornwall’s right to its own sovereign Parliament, and the powers it possesses under the Charter of Pardon were confirmed as valid in British law by the Lord Chancellor in 1977.
  • No record exists of any formal annexation of Cornwall to England.
  • Cornwall is a member of the Federal Union of European Nationalities which has special participatory status at the council of Europe in Strasbourg and consultative status to the United Nations.
  • The Cornish language gained official UK Government recognition in 2002 and funding in 2005.
  • Cornwall, like Wales, was not party to the Act of Union in 1707.
  • Before the 1960′s, there was little difference between Cornwall and Wales in constitutional terms.
  • Many treaty’s and documents up until the 18th century made reference to there being a distinction between England and Cornubia ( Cornwall ) .
  • The 1969-71 Killbrandon Report into the British constitution states that, ” when referring to Cornwall, official sources should cite the Duchy”. This was in recognition of it’s constitutional position.
  • You now have the right on some official forms to be able to record your Nationality as Cornish. Eg: NHS Registration Forms; if the Police ask you your Nationality, it is acceptable to them to record it as Cornish.
  • Maps of the British Isles produced up until the 18th century showed Cornwall as a distinct entity and on a par with Wales.
  • Cornwall is an older nation than England and one of the oldest Duchies in Europe.
  • 90% of Cornish place names are of Celtic origin and derived from the Cornish language.
  • The Duchy includes the entire territory known as Cornwall, including the bed and waters of the River Tamar.
  • The Cornish are a Celtic people who once inhabited the entire region covered by present-day Cornwall, Devon and West-Somerset.
  • The Duke of Cornwall is our head of state ; Not the UK monarch.
  • The Duke’s powers are further confirmed in the Tamar Bridge Act as recently as 1998.