In spring and summer, tourists come to Cornwall to visit the pretty ports that line this part of the southwest coast of England. It’s a five-hour journey by car or train from London, and attracts people for the sea, the surf, and the food — from fish ‘n chips to the world famous clotted cream with scones and Cornish pasties, a meat and potato-stuffed pastry.
Half-a-million people live in Newlyn and the other towns that make up the county of Cornwall. 56-and-a half percent of them voted last month to leave the European Union. Which was a bit surprising, considering this scenic way of life has recently been sustained by EU subsidies.
Cornwall relies on fishing, farming and tourism – all of them seasonal industries, at the mercy of the temperamental English weather. That’s partly why the region has, for decades, been dependent on government support.