Why is English not the official language of England?

58 countries have English as an official language -  but not the USA or the UK.

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  • 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.
  • An estimated 700,000 people speak Welsh in the UK,[13] 
  • Welsh is an official language in Wales: and the only legally recognised 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 Scots is a distinct language, or a variety of English.[5][16]

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