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Cornish campaigners descend on London for Brexit march

Cornish campaigners descend on London for Brexit march

Published by Emma Carton at 7:01am 19th October 2019. (Updated at 9:02pm 19th October 2019)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Buses packed with people will be leaving from locations across Cornwall early on Saturday morning to take part in a Brexit march in London.

The People's Vote march is taking place in the capital and hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country are expected to take part.

Campaign group Cornwall for Europe are among many local groups which have organised buses to take people to London for the event.

The national event has been organised by the People's Vote which is calling on the Government to let the British public have the final say on Brexit.

Last time such a march was held it is estimated that one million people attended.

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Buses packed with people from Cornwall and Devon are set to descend on London for a Brexit march. Photo: Cornwall for Europe

The march will start in Park Lane and finish in Parliament Square. And now the House of Commons will be sitting on Saturday to consider the Prime Minister’s latest version of the Brexit withdrawal agreement.

The first buses will be leaving from Penzance just before 4am on Saturday with coaches also picking up campaigners from Camborne, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, St Austell and Launceston.

Cornwall For Europe is also offering marchers the chance to buy flags and T-shirts for the event.

And to help, protesters they have published a lyric sheet for the songs they will be singing, including a Brexit lyric for Trelawny - Song of the Western Men.

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Campaigners have rewritten Cornwall's famous Trelawney's Anthem as they join a Brexit march in London. Photo: Cornwall for Europe

Renamed People's Vote Trelawny, the lyrics are:

A People's Vote throughout the land,
Our voices loud and true!
Boris Johnson shall understand
What Cornish folk can do.
And have they fixed the where and when?
And shall our freedoms die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish folk
Will know the reason why!

And shall our freedoms live?
Or shall our freedoms die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish folk
Will know the reason why!

They came to Cornwall on a bus
Emblazoned with a lie
They said they'd fund the NHS
We know they'd let it die
We'll cross the Tamar, land to land,
We'll have our final say:
With 'One and All', and hand in hand,
And who shall bid us nay?

And shall our freedoms live?
Or shall our freedoms die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish folk
Will know the reason why!

And when we come to Westminster,
A pleasant sight to view,
Come forth! come forth ye cowards all,
Here's folk as good as you!
They think they'll stop democracy
They think we'll watch it die
But twenty thousand Cornish folk
Will know the reason why!

And shall our freedoms live?
Or shall our freedoms die?
Here's twenty thousand Cornish folk
Will know the reason why!

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