More than 250 British cultural figures spoke out against leaving the EU

More than 250 British cultural figures, including singers, actors and writers, signed a letter in support of Britain’s membership in the European Union. The appeal was published by The Telegraph.

“Starting with small galleries and ending with blockbusters, many of us participated in projects that would never have been implemented without financing from the EU and open collaboration. The UK is not just stronger in a United Europe — it is able to build and create more. Our global creative success will be seriously diminished if we leave the EU,” the letter reads.

Their signatures under the petition delivered by the actors Benedict Cumberbatch, keira Knightley, Helena Bonham Carter, Jude law, Kristin Scott Thomas, musicians Paloma faith, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), writers Ian McEwan and Hilary Mantel, Directors Danny Boyle and Stephen Frears, as well as top model Kate moss and designer Vivienne Westwood.

Earlier similar statements were made by senior British military and businessmen.

A referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU will be held on 23 June 2016.