Cornwall for Europe, the campaigners for the UK to stay in the EU, have reacted to demands from some supporters that they should protest at the meeting on Monday 14th October of Nigel Farage, who is holding a Brexit Party Rally in Cornwall (Carn Brea Leisure Centre from 6 pm).
Their Spokesman Charles Boney said: ‘Although we disagree about nearly everything Mr Farage ever says, he is still entitled to hold meetings and have his say. But he has a right to meet, not a Right to lie. During the 2016 Referendum he told two particular lies – firstly that £350 million per week could be spent on the NHS if we left the EU, secondly that over 70 million Turkish people were about to come to Britain, many of them being refugees.’Mr Boney added: ‘Mr Farage is carrying out his democratic right to campaign, but we urge him to do so truthfully and, if possible, apologise for the way he has campaigned in the past.’
Instead of holding a protest at the Brexit meeting Cornwall for Europe is holding its own street stall nearby in Camborne – in the town Square opposite WH Smith from 4 to 6 pm. Howard Farmer, stall organiser said: ‘We are encouraging our members to come and talk to the public who want to discuss the Brexit crisis. We are not interest in ranting and sloganising. We believe the facts are clear – a non deal Brexit would be a disaster, and the best deal possible is to stay in the EU.’
The Campaigners have also announced that they have nearly filled 4 coaches to the huge London rally planned for next Saturday 19th October. Cornwall for Europe Chair, Emmanuelle Brook said: ‘ Tickets have sold even faster than the million plus march held last March. London will be packed with protesters. Many Cornish folks are travelling up for the weekend and we expect about 500 people to rally under Cornish flags to stop Brexit and call for a People’s Vote. If Parliament decides to call a referendum on any possible deal, then we will be back on the streets in Cornwall next Monday persuading people to vote to stay in the EU.’