Why is English not the official language of England?

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  • 58 countries have English as an official language -  but not  the USA or the UK. 
  • The world's lingua franca or second language is not, technically, the 'official' language of its birthplace
  • English is spoken by approximately 59.8 million residents, or 98% of the population, over the age of three.
  • An estimated 700,000 people speak Welsh in the UK,[13] 
  • Welsh is an official language in Wales and the only de jure official language in any part of the UK.
  • Approximately 1.5 million people in the UK speak Scots — although there is debate as to whether this is a distinct language, or a variety of English.[5][16]

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