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Anybody from the Cornish movement who has studied our Breton cousins struggle for self-determination will have undoubtedly been surprised by the number of Breton political parties that exist – 6 or perhaps 7 at the last count.

From the centre-right and centre to the radical left we have Parti Breton, Breizh Europa, Alliance Fédéraliste Bretonne, Mouvement Bretagne et Progrès, Union Démocratique Bretonne and Breizhistance. That’s not to mention others such as Bretagne Ecologie, En Avant Bretagne, the Breton branch of the Parti Fédéraliste European, various Breton anarcho-libertarian groups and some far-right formations.

What unity when faced with a common foe then? Well perhaps that is what we are witnessing with the historic deal that has been concluded between the UDB and MBP (both left-of-centre) for the regional elections in December. Together they have created the left-wing electoral platform: Oui la Bretagne.

The following comes from the Celtic League: Breizh/Cymru: Links Strengthened

Yesterday (Monday 21 September) a well known Breton politician and leader of the ‘Oui la Bretagne’ (Yes Brittany) movement was in Wales for an official reception at the Senedd (Welsh Assembly) in Caerdydd/Cardiff.

Christian Troadec, Mayor of Karez (Carhaix) was welcomed by Plaid Cymru AM Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas, who was leader of Plaid Cymru between 1984 and 1991 and the first ever President of the Welsh Assembly in 1999 following the referendum on devolution of 1997.

The main aim of the visit was to demonstrate to the Breton people the economic and political impact that devolution could have for Breizh (Brittany), if it followed the example of Cymru (Wales). Celtic League member Dominig Kervegant explained: “The figures talk for themselves. In the administrative region of Brittany – not including the Nantes area (!) – the population is 3.2 million people, which is roughly equivalent to that of Wales. Nevertheless the Welsh devolution budget is 25 times the size of that of Brittany’s!

“The Welsh Parliament also has legislative powers, which allows the Welsh Assembly to vote for its own laws on the economy, culture, the Welsh language, health and in many other domains.”

Speaking at the Assembly Mr Troadec said: “La Bretagne, elle aussi, a un grand besoin de plus de pouvoirs de décision et de moyens pour répondre aux enjeux d’aujourd’hui.” (Brittany too is craving more legislative powers in order to meet the challenges of today)

In Breizh (Brittany) with three separate election lists for Breton parties (Christian Guyonvarc’h, heading the open list made up of Union Démocratique Bretonne (Unvaniezh Demokratel Breizh) (UDB) non/members of the party; Christian Troadec heading the joint Parti Breton, Mouvement Breton et Progrès, Alliance Federalist Bretonne, Breizh Europa list and the Breizhistance/Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste list), the share of the vote was good overall, but no MEP was elected from any of the lists. 
Breizh shares its European parliamentary constituency with areas of West France, outside of its traditional territory.
Already talk can be heard of a Breton democratic front for the regional elections to come. 
Text provided by the Celtic League and map from Geobreizh
Whilst in Cornwall we won’t have the chance of voting for a Cornish party in the forthcoming EU elections, in Brittany – also buried in a much larger European constituency – things are quite different.
Three lists are running that can be classified as autonomist or independentist. 
The first is from MK’s sister party, the Union Démocratique Bretonne. The open list, headed by regional councillor Christian Guyonvarc’h, includes personalities from outside the UDB’s membership. Their slogan is: “I vote Brittany for a social Europe“.

Next we have Nous te ferons L’Europe. This list includes the Parti Breton, Mouvement Bretagne et Progrès, Alliance Federalist Bretonne, Breizh Europa, and is spearheaded by Christian Troadec of Bonnets Rouge fame.

Last, but by no means least, we have Breizhistance – indépendence et socialisme – and Frances Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste forming a list on the radical left. They are campaigning for a ‘Europe of peoples and workers’.

With the redrawing of Frances regional map on the table pro-Breton parties will need to make a big impact in all forthcoming elections, which leads me to wonder if 3 separate lists will not dilute the vote and confuse people. Who will I vote for? Well Breizistance seem to have a blind spot when it comes to the existence of the Cornish question and that’s not for want of reminding them.
Bonne nouvelle. Le Gouvernement britannique a annoncé aujourd’hui la reconnaissance du peuple cornique (Cornouailles britannique) en tant que minorité nationale sous la “Convention-cadre pour la protection des minorités nationales” (article wikipedia), convention signée et ratifiée par la quasi-totalité des États européens sauf la France, la Turquie, la Grèce (consulter la carte).

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The UK Government have announced today that the Cornish people will be officially recognised as a national minority under the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

Dick Cole, leader of Mebyon Kernow- the Party for Cornwall, said: “This is a fantastic development. This is a proud day for Cornwall…. A lot of people have been working for many years to get Cornwall the recognition other Celtic people of the UK already receive.”

UK Communities Minister Stephen Williams added: “This is a great day for the people of Cornwall who have long campaigned for the distinctiveness and identity of the Cornish people to be recognised officially. The Cornish and Welsh are the oldest peoples on this island and as a proud Welshman I look forward to seeing St Piran’s Flag flying with extra Celtic pride on 5 March next year.” => Consulter l’annonce de l’Alliance Libre Européenne

Union Démocratique Bretonne
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L’UDB est membre de Régions et Peuples Solidaires (RPS) et de l’Alliance Libre Européenne (ALE).

Unvaniezh Demokratel Breizh 
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