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VIDEO: Cornwall Told To Come Together After Brexit

VIDEO: Cornwall Told To Come Together After Brexit

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:45pm 15th July 2016.

Cornwall needs to come together to make sure our needs are not neglected.

That is the message from officials in the wake of Brexit.

An EU referendum summit meeting has been held in Truro.

It is to ensure that the economic and development risks associated with leaving the European Union are understood and to consider how these should be mitigated.

Representatives from across the Duchy also considered how to bridge the social divides brought into focus by the referendum by focusing on narrowing the four fundamental gaps which they say are holding Cornwall back - our economy, our funding, our health, our inequality.

The group has also identified what actions Cornwall needs to take.

Dick Cole from Mebyon Kernow says the key is to safeguard money from government, now that the EU funding will stop.

He said: "If that money doesn't go into the local economy people will lose out, people will lose jobs and have less money for themselves and their families, so it is really vital that Cornwall ups its game and does actually deliver for Cornwall.

"Cornwall needs to emulate what Scotland is doing, they are shouting loud and clear about what their needs are, we need to make sure we are heard in central government."

You can hear more from him below...

Kim Conchie heads up Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

He said: "Well there is a good degree of concern about whether this money is coming, I think that should have been made more clear before the referendum, it has been said very loudly since that this money might not come.

"What we have got to do is both go to our own government to make sure they are aware of Cornwall's predicament now, but also keep on with the relationship with the EU to make sure the money that is already committed to here still comes through in the way it is meant to.

"We have got to be very confident about what Cornwall can achieve, certainly not giving any messages of closed doors or the community closing in, in any way at all.

"We must be more welcoming, not only to the four million tourists we are expecting this year but also to all the other communities of immigrants who are already working here and form such an important part of Cornwall's rich tapestry as it is at the moment."

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