British stars sign 250-strong ‘luvvie’s letter’ to remain in EU

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Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch have both signed the letter.

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.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Who says actors don’t know anything about the EU, just because they’re actors? Most actors are highly intelligent – the trade they learn requires a lot of application, research, abstract thinking, psychology and interpretation skills. A conversation with an actor or actress on any subject is one of the most stimulating you can find.
    Like practically anyone in the public or professional eye with two A-levels to rub together, the people listed have benefited from the EU and want this to continue. Bremainers have Stephen Hawkins, 100% of UK universities, major world leaders and international scientists of all descriptions in their camp. Brexiteers have Nigel ‘Farrago’, Vladimir Put(a)in (Merde), Donald Trumped-In-Assembly-And-Didn’t-Say-Pardon, and a handful of Daily Fail readers who dropped out of school at 16 and think ‘abroad’ is a place with hot weather and swimming pools and ‘foreigners’ are weird people with funny accents who might blow you up. The Bremain camp cites personal and professional experiences, facts and figures; the Brexit camp cites ‘bloody foreigners’ and ‘we were alright in the 1960s’ and rely on some unknown, unresearched pipe-dream of what the UK and its citizens MIGHT face. No Brexiteer is able to cite facts, because nobody knows. Nobody has researched what is almost certain to happen. No research has been conducted into how it would work. No provisions made, no back-up. What a farce!

  2. Oh OK, I wonder why a bunch of actors who know nothing about the EU except that the arts council receives money from the EU would want to support the Remain side? Oh yes, I just said it! They get money from the EU of course… Oh but it is British tax payers money that the EU sells it as it’s own money, we give all this money to the EU and then it gives us some back and tells us what we need to spend it on, then puts their stamp on it! This is how the EU works, the same way the Blair government worked, they gave out loads on welfare and handouts so those people then voted for them, simple you just need to buy them! Practically every institution, corporate business, charity, minority group, arts council etc. receives UK taxpayers money that we pay to the EU and it then sends back for these organisations, it’s just that people now think receiving money is better than getting democracy… but they will regret it!

  3. Mike, on exactly what basis do you start your rant with the declaration: “I wonder why a bunch of actors who know nothing about the EU except that the arts council receives money from the EU”. How come you know what these actors know or do not know? You don’t. of course; you just enjoy a good bluster, a happy old rabbit.

  4. John, if you reply to a post of mine I might suggest you reply to that post so there is some organisation by threading, it makes things less confusing for people reading. 😉

    The arts council received finance of UK taxpayers money through the EU and so they would support the EU wouldn’t they, the same as the charities and nearly every other organisation that receives money from the EU does, they do not give any clear information on why they support it, but they do… I wonder why?

    I have watched many interviews with actors, even spoken to some socially or just listened to them at social events and I have to be frank when I say that most of them seem to live in cloud cuckoo land! In my opinion they and many people in their situation do not know what living in the real world is actually like or at best appear to have forgotten.. if you want to believe them thats fine but I don’t, and it is my right to question what they say 😉

  5. MikeInESP: You write — “if you reply to a post of mine I might suggest you reply to that post”.
    For the life of me, I don’t know what could have been more direct than: “Mike, on exactly what basis do you start your rant with the declaration: “I wonder why a bunch of actors who know nothing about the EU except that the arts council receives money from the EU”. How come you know what these actors know or do not know?”
    In this latest inout, you write: “In my opinion …”

    Mike, I do not see how “In my opinion …” substantiates your original proposition: “I wonder why a bunch of actors who know nothing …”
    You either KNOW something: “I wonder why a bunch of actors who know nothing about the EU except that the arts council receives money from the EU”.
    Or you can have AN OPINION about what they might know.
    Either might be legitimate. But they are not the same.

  6. John, it was a simple explanation on how to use a system as this for commenting which you didn’t seem to know how to use, it keeps them in some order, it’s how they are supposed to work so that people who are reading the posts don’t end up reading posts that are littered all over the place, if you cant accept or understand that then I can see the thinking behind your replies. 😉

    To you final comment, yes you are right they have an opinion and I have mine too, mine is they don’t know much about the EU and are only speaking out because someone has come to them and said something along the lines of…. “would you like to come together and say you want to stay in the eu after all the arts receive money from it”, so yes the arts council receives money from the EU “British tax payers money I might add so it could receive the money even if we left the EU”. I don’t mind people saying they they want to stay in but when they receive money from the entity they say they want to stay in…. right, give anyone money and job done!

    Just to add: Even when this story states “From the Bard to Bowie, British creativity inspires and influences the rest of the world”, yes but it always has done even before we where in the EU, if we leave it will continue. Why would that be said other than to make people think it is the EU that, makes that possible so it stinks of being bias just as the rest of the IN camps pie in the sky campaign.

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