Cornwall for Europe (CfE), the campaigners of a People’s Vote in a new referendum, have claimed the EU election results show their campaign won the South West Region.
CfE Chair, Emmanuelle Brook said: ‘Although Farage’s Brexit Party won the most votes, the combined total of Lib Dems, Green and Change UK was an impressive 44%. Brexit and UKIP together polled 39.9%. We believe our campaigning is winning people over to us. We will continue to campaign with our street stalls, meetings and events throughout Cornwall’.
In Cornwall itself, the ‘Brexit’ parties totalled 44.7% of the vote against 40.5% for the People’s Vote/Remain parties but this shows a significant shift from 2016. One of the CfE campaign organisers Sue Winter said: ‘The referendum in Cornwall was strongly Brexit but now the gap has narrowed to only 4%. We believe that many Cornish folks have changed their mind. In particular, they fear a no deal Brexit which would be disastrous for Cornwall’.
In the recent elections, the combined Labour and Conservative votes sunk to a total of 13.9%. Howard Farmer, who helps organise street stalls for the Campaign says: ‘This was the worst result for either Conservative or Labour in Cornwall in living memory in any election. People have been telling us for months that they think the existing party system is broken. They are listening to campaign groups like ourselves and are open to new ideas about politics. We are delighted the Remain parties did so well. We will carry on campaigning for a People’s Vote with an option to Remain.’
In the elections there was a major switch from UKIP to the Brexit Party who now hold 3 South West seats; in 2014 UKIP won 2 seats. Labour and Conservative both lost a seat each to the Liberal Democrats, with the Greens also retaining their seat. Cornwall for Europe holds street stalls in towns throughout Cornwall. They organised transport for hundreds of campaigners from Cornwall to the London march which attracted over 1 million protesters. In recent weeks they have set new campaign groups for young people and students as well as those interested in Farming and agriculture. Plans are being made to get their message across to those attending major summer events such as agricultural shows and festivals.