Hundreds of Cornish flags and placards were waved in the streets of central London as about 750 people from Cornwall took part in the national march for a ‘People’s Vote’ on Brexit on Saturday 23rd March. Four packed coaches, organised by Cornwall for Europe, went from towns across Cornwall and many more supporters made their own way up to London.
‘We sent about four times the number that went on a similar march last October, so we believe that over a million people marched to support the demand for a new vote on any Brexit deal, with an option to remain in the EU’ said Howard Farmer one of the coach organisers. ‘We sang songs, waved placards and flags, blew whistles and joined in an amazing festival atmosphere. A real carnival with no trouble and hardly any police around at all.’
One of the marchers was Tom Scott who runs Cornwall for Europe social media accounts said. ‘We have been bombarded with good wishes, pictures and videos on our facebook and twitter accounts. People have become very excited about the campaign. The crowd was so big that we did not get to Parliament square – we stopped well short but were able to see some speeches on large screens. In particular Michael Heseltine was impressive, with many folks from a business and Conservative background respecting his views. We have members from across the political spectrum so it was great to see speakers from all sides.’
And in Truro….
Cornwall for Europe organised a street stall and rally in Truro for supporters who could not make it to London. They were surprised at the large crowd that attended to hear speakers from across the political spectrum, including Liberal Democrat, Greens and Labour. Charles Boney, Cornwall for Europe Press Officer said: ‘We were taken aback at the support at home. It was meant to be a low key event but instead over 350 turned up to a great political rally – a cross party call for Cornwall to have another say. Many people signed up to our campaign and will become actively involved when we have the chance in a new referendum.’
And on the beaches …
Supporters of the marches and rallies in London and Truro also took to the beaches, using the very low tide to get their message across with sand art imagery drawn in the wet sand. ‘It has been great to look down from the cliff top and see people marking out their support on the beach. Such a fun and family friendly activity. Taking children and dogs on marches is not ideal so this was a way everyone could make their point’ said Sue Winter, a campaigner from Camborne.
Cornwall for Europe continue to campaign throughout the county with street stalls, meetings and rallies being organised in the weeks and months to come. Campaign Chair, Emmanuelle Brook who has French/British dual nationality says it may be a long campaign. ‘We will carry on fighting as we believe in the end their will be a People’s Vote and we believe Cornwall has changed her mind since 2016. We believe in peace, prosperity and opportunity. Trading together guarantees peace, European Regional policy gives prosperity to Cornwall, and young people have far more opportunities in an open and united Europe.’