About 500 Cornish protesters marched with about a million others in the huge rally in London on Saturday to call for a Peoples Vote on any deal to leave the EU.Many were up at 3 am to join coaches from all over Cornwall. Cornwall for Europe, the campaign group to remain in the EU, organised 4 coaches at stop off points all over the County, with many others making their own way to the capital.
Coach organiser Howard Farmer said: ‘The dedication of our supporters is amazing – they were determined to get to London once again at any cost. This is the fourth time that many of them have been on huge demonstrations like this. Each time the numbers and enthusiasm grows.’The protesters rallied at the Achilles Monument in Hyde Park and sang campaign songs until joining the main march, including a pro EU version of Trelawny, as well as parodies of various shanties and folk songs, such as ‘What shall we do with this rotten Brexit’ to the tune of Drunken Sailor.
Tom Scott said: ‘The Cornish campaign has started something of a trend in adapting well known songs to the political message. It boosts people’s spirits on any march and gets across our message.’
Cornwall for Europe’s marchers included people of all ages. CFE Chair Emmanulle Brook was there with her young family and said:’Many of us feel we are campaigning for the future of our children and young people generally. That is why we sponsored tickets for students who may have struggled to meet travel costs. Over recent years there has been huge collaboration in education across Europe. That may all be at risk, including the Erasmus project which enables young people to travel and study abroad.’
As the marchers got near Parliament Square the result of the day’s important vote became clear – effectively a delay in considering the Prime Minister’s deal. Charles Boney, CFE Press Officer reacted: ‘This gives a breathing space for MPs to study the deal properly. In the short space available this week, most of them have not even read the details and have been voting on what the Party Whips have told them. We believe that, after careful consideration, they will conclude that only the People can decide to confirm the deal in a referendum or decide we should remain members of the EU.’