ACTORS, artists, musicians and writers including Benedict Cumberbatch, Paloma Faith and Helena Bonham Carter have signed a star-studded luvvie’s letter produced by official remain campaign Britain Stronger in Europe.
The document warns that Britain would become “an outsider shouting from the wings” were it to exit the EU, with other signatories including Danny Boyle, Keira Knightley, Tracey Emin, Steve Coogan, Sir Patrick Stewart, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas, Jude Law, Eddie Izzard, Bill Nighy, Jenny Agutter, Jarvis Cocker and Jessie Ware.
Referred to as ‘cultural stars, the celebs also think that a positive Brexit vote could harm the creative arts, with the idea of the letter to broaden the argument beyond economics and politics, highlighting the positive aspects of cultural collaboration.
“From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital EU funding or by collaborating across borders,” it reads.
“Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative, and our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away.”
“From the Bard to Bowie, British creativity inspires and influences the rest of the world.
“We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain’s leading role on the world stage.”
British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to release the results of a survey by the Creative Industries Federation on May 20, which demonstrates that 96 per cent of sector members would prefer to stay in the EU, ahead of the referendum in just over a month’s time.