In the UK ‘Brexit’ referendum, The county of Cornwall voted with a 56.5% majority to leave the EU. These images and interviews explore some of the issues surrounding the vote.
Cornwall is one of the poorest areas in the UK, qualifying for Objective One European funding which has averaged £60 million a year over the last ten years. Objective One Funding is available for – areas where prosperity, measured in Gross Value Added (GVA) per head of population, is 75% or less of the European average. The average wage in Cornwall is £17,200 compared to the uk average of £26,500.
The benefits of EU membership can be seen throughout Cornwall with high profile developments like the Eden Project and the Superfast broadband scheme, but it is also heavily reliant on the fishing and farming industries who feel they have suffered due to EU legislation.