EU Cash Fails To Win Hearts And Minds In Cornwall

The EU has lavished more money on people in Cornwall than any other part of England, but that has not bought it popularity — and many in this remote southwestern peninsula will back Brexit in Thursday’s vote. In the harbour at Cornwall’s biggest port, Newlyn, fishing boats fly “Vote Leave” flags from their rigging, while fishermen are caustic about the European Union. “I shall vote for out,” said Pete Downing, after docking his small vessel after an unsuccessful mackerel fishing trip. “It’s an absolute bloody shambles, always has been.” Like many in his trade, Downing believes the EU’s system of fishing quotas has accelerated the industry’s decline and is angry at French and Spanish boats fishing in British waters. A worker handles produce in Newlyn fish market in southwest England   Although a popular summer holiday destination, the southwestern county of Cornwall is the poorest in England. But its poverty and remoteness make it a huge beneficiary of EU funds — the highest of any region in England per capita — for spending on infrastructure and business grants. Between 2007 and 2013, the county and its half a million residents received 654 million euros ($735 million) from Brussels. For 2014-2020,