Campaigners for Britain and Cornwall to remain in the EU will still think of themselves as European, say Cornwall for Europe.
The group organised hundreds of street stalls over the last two years, as well as meetings, marches and publicity stunts to advertise their cause. They believe that it is still possible, even after Brexit, for people to feel the identity of being European, as well as British or Cornish.
They are holding a special members event on Friday evening and will have a candlelit vigil at 11pm as Britain leaves the EU.
Chair of CFE, Emmanuelle Brook said: ‘We will not stop feeling European and we are determined not to carry on being silenced as we have been since the referendum. We are today standing for our rights, and core values. Our message is friendship and solidarity in this adversity.’ Emmanuelle, who has French/British joint citizenship, is also involved with the group In Limbo, which supports the millions of EU citizens who continue to live and work in the UK.
Charles Boney, Press officer commented: ‘We believe Britain has made an historic mistake in leaving the EU. Our task now is to help ensure our relationship with Europe is as close as possible and we hope for the best trade deal possible – no deal or a hard Brexit will be disastrous for the Cornish economy. Campaigners like ourselves up and down the country will ensure the ideals and values common across Europe will be heard. Cornwall for Europe will be monitoring how Brexit affects individuals and groups and responding to events as they develop.’
The campaigners have also stated that their plans for future activities and events have not yet been decided, but depend on political events as they unfold. Cornwall for Europe has several thousand members, including people from all main political parties, as well as a huge social media following.