Cornwall for Europe, the campaigners for Cornwall and the UK to stay in the EU, are organising a tour of Cornwall in a London ‘bus, decked with their slogans. It will be travelling throughout the County from Thursday 14th November starting in Launceston and completing its journey at Saltash on Saturday 16th November.
Cornwall for Europe are inviting their supporters, members of the public and Remain election candidates to join them in their campaigning. There will be main stops at Launceston, St Austell, Camborne, Penzance, Truro and Saltash as well as various halts at Business venues and photo opportunities (see full schedule attached below).
Howard Farmer, one of the tour organisers said: ‘In the 2016 referendum Johnson launched the infamous bus tour from Cornwall. Waving a pasty he claimed that huge amounts of cash would be spent on the NHS if we voted for Brexit. That claim is now known to be a lie. We will be travelling throughout Cornwall talking to people about how they were misled. We urge all Cornish voters to support candidates that want us to Remain in the EU. Cornwall has gained so much from our membership and we fear a big loss to the local economy if we leave. It will be a great chance for members of the public to meet us and local candidates. We are also stopping at business venues who overwhelmingly back our campaign.’
Sue Winter, who organises street stalls every week, is also joining the bus and added: ‘At each stop we will be setting up our stall and have leaflets available, including advice on how to register to vote and get a postal vote. People only have about 10 days to get any Postal Vote application in. With cold dark nights, and also young people away at University, there is a danger of a low turnout – everyone has a right to get a Postal Vote. We will also be using our ‘brexitometer’ which gives a snapshot of people’s views on the Brexit situation. In recent weeks, people seem to have shifted even more in favour of a People’s Vote on Brexit.’
Emmanuelle Brook, Chair of Cornwall for Europe said: ‘We have a positive and hopeful message for people. Being part of Europe is all about Peace, Prosperity and Opportunity. When you trade with others, you don’t end up fighting them. When you end barriers and have a single market, you become more prosperous. When you allow freedom of travel and work, you give opportunities especially to the young. We look forward and see ourselves as being European as well as being Cornish and British.’
Charles Boney, Press Officer, said: ‘This election is like no other in our lifetimes. It is not just a ‘Brexit election’ but it is about the future direction of the country. Whether to turn our backs on our neighbours, or to embrace the wider European culture of a continent of 500 million who want to be our friends.’
Thursday 14th: 10.30 Launceston Market Square PL15 8AG, 13.00 KCS Print , 14.30 St Austell Fore Street PL25 5PY
Friday 15th: 1030 Camborne Town Square TR14 8AT1300 Hedforwards (successful large IT business) meeting with CEO Toby Parkin and staff at Pool Innovation Centre, 1400 Marazion near Jordans Cafe, photo opp/interview with Andrew George and Caroline Voaden MEP, 1430 Market Jew Street (top) TR18 2BD
Saturday 16th: 1030 Truro 4 Pydar Street TR1 2BD, 1430 Saltash Retail Park, Carkeel, PL12 6.