Cornwall for Europe, the pro Europe campaign group, have created a special message for world leaders as they arrive in Cornwall.
A huge banner has been put up on a barn at the end of the runway at Newquay Airport and they believe it will be in full view as the leaders land in Cornwall.”Still European will be the first sight of Cornwall they see” said Howard Farmer, the Campaign Chair. He adds : “We want to make it clear that, although we have left the EU, we are still part of Europe and we feel European. We share the history and the culture of Europe and believe Brexit is doing Cornwall real harm. Every day we hear more cases of hardship caused by Brexit. Farmers see the collapse of export markets as the barriers caused by health checks cut in, and the fishing industry believe they have been sold down the river as they cannot get fresh fish to market because of the delays.”
A group of campaigners spent Sunday morning erecting the banner which is attached to a supporting farmer’s barn. It reads ‘Cornwall for Europe #stilleuropean’. The hashtag is becoming widely used on social media by those supporting Britain’s return to EU membership.
Cornwall for Europe believes that people realise that Brexit is widely viewed as a mistake and it is only a question of time before membership of the EU is reconsidered. They point to the fact that the Covid pandemic has obscured the truth about the damage that Brexit has done to the local economy.’We have all focused on keeping ourselves safe and supporting the NHS over the last year’ said Charles Boney, the campaign’s Press Officer. “We’ve put up with the hardship and accepted the crisis situation, but as we return to normal, the damage to our European trade is becoming clearer by the day. We predict that economic growth and prosperity will be lower in the UK in years to come and, sadly, we will slide down the international pecking order. This week’s G7 may be the last one at which the UK is seen as having real influence in the world. The idea that Britain can be great again, because it’s turned its back on Europe, is a fantasy.”