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Cornwall to hold candlelit vigil on Brexit day

Cornwall to hold candlelit vigil on Brexit day

Published by Emma Carton at 10:13am 31st January 2020. (Updated at 10:32am 31st January 2020)

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Richard Whitehouse

Remain supporters in Cornwall will hold a candlelit vigil tonight as Britain leaves the EU.

Campaign group Cornwall for Europe is hosting the event this evening which will end with supporters lighting candles at 11pm - when Brexit is set to be official.

Organisers are keeping the location of the event under wraps to avoid disruption by Brexit supporters.

The group has held numerous events over the last two years including stalls in towns across Cornwall and taking part in anti Brexit marches in London, taking hundreds of supporters up to the capital in coaches.

They say that people in Cornwall will continue to identify as European after Brexit alongside their British and Cornish identity.

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Remain supporters from Cornwall for Europe are holding a candlelit vigil in Cornwall on Brexit day. Photo: Cornwall for Europe

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".

Charles Boney

Cornwall for Europe said that it has several thousand members including a large number of supporters on social media.

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