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History shows that England is very reluctant to return administration and control to teritories it has assimilated. Rather like the Borg on Star Trek. ‘Resistance is futile’.
There must be legal reasons why Cornish efforts to assert Nation aspirations are ignored or demeaned by Parliament. Did Cornwall sign away its independance at some stage like Wales? If not when did it become a county?
Potted: Rights as they may be deemed, were never signed away … force majeure meant that when William of Normandy usurped the crown of England he also took on territories that paid homage, such as Cornwall (that does not mean that Cornwall was conquered, unlike parts of Wales)). In later times when the Norman system of laws were in force the unique status of Cornwall (as one of the nations of the British Isles, along with England) was codified through the creation of the Duchy. This is arguably still the legal situation, but English and British administration have conveniently played that hand only when it suited them. Cornwall has never been constitutionally a County .. the territory of Cornwall became ‘administered as’ a County in 1880s with a UK local government Act, and this ceased in April, 2009. It is also deemed a ‘Ceremonial County’ under the act providing for a representative of the Crown (as the pleasure of the Duke) ie. the Lord Lieutenant. Hope that helps.