29/03/2017 Spotlight


29/03/2017

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It's just over nine months since the South West

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In the biggest political decision in a generation,

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nearly 53% of people here supported Brexit.

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In a moment we'll hear from some of those who'd hoped

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But first, our reporter Tamsin Melville has been speaking

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to people in West Cornwall, where the majority of

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And I wanted to start a support group to protest

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against European Union in the form of the Maastricht Treaty.

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This Penzance-based campaigner has got a file full of clippings

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and letters detailing his opposition to the EU since the '70s.

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A founding member of Ukip in the '90s, June 23rd was something

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With history now in the making, for him,

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It is a self-governing nation, electing our MPs,

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who pass laws over us, governing ourselves through our own

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courts and making our own decisions, with the MPs being responsible

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He grew up with EU regulations and 25-year-old Newlyn fisherman

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James Roberts was an enthusiastic Leave campaigner, unhappy

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about quota management and access to fishing grounds.

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What we are hoping to come of leaving the EU is for this to be

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Fast forward nine months and he is anxious that Brexit does

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now deliver on things like a 12-mile British waters limit and

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If it doesn't, if they don't secure what we have now,

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if they don't secure what we should be managing, you know, the 200-mile

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It has taken this long to get to a point to have this chance

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and I can't see it happening again, probably not my lifetime.

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Cornwall's voters plumped 57-43% for Leave, despite the decades

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The constituency of St Austell and Newquay had the highest

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proportion of Out voters in the county.

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It seems immigration control will be a key test of Brexit success here.

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No regrets? No.

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The sooner they do it, the better. Yeah.

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We need to shut our borders off as well.

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No, it's true, though. Yeah.

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The hospitals is on its knees because of it all,

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So do you think the UK Government is going to get what you wanted?

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They'd better, otherwise there'll be hell up, won't there?

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Some doubts but still hope as it is into uncharted waters

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The South Hams was one of a handful of places to vote to remain.

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And this affiliation with Europe goes back to 1973,

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when Britain joined the Common Market.

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Anna Varle has been back to Ivybridge, which featured

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in a special film at the time, all about its relationship

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The year we began to move closer to Europe.

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From the cars we drove to the shops on the high street,

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Here in Ivybridge, the bunting was out.

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How else do you welcome in a new era?

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And our cameras were there as Europe rolled into town.

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As part of the film, we featured a family who hosted

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More than 40 years on, we are back at the breakfast table

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Coming out, I am very sad to come out.

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But it isn't the same club that we joined.

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You have got to believe that, haven't you?

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The village as it was then were so keen on joining,

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it was one of the only places in the country to hold

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Fashions may change, but for many, attitudes have remained the same.

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They believed in Europe and still do.

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And I think it's very sad what has happened.

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They were so excited about joining the Common Market,

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But then, as now, there was uncertainty.

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The man who organised those celebrations was Mr Condon.

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I think that we haven't had it fully explained to us.

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They are talking now, we are going to even lose the Queen.

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Someone suggested she should become the Queen of Europe.

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Well, perhaps this might be possible, I don't know.

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And today, there is a sense of deja vu.

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We don't know what it means for our personal lives.

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We don't know what it means for our business lives,

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and, you know, I think everybody would like some clarity,

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so it is difficult to celebrate when you don't know what you might

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I am sure we will look back and perhaps not in my time but in 20

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or 30 years' time we will look back and say this is one of the greatest

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# Now we're in the Common Market, # All these things will come our way

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# But judging by the prices, # You will hear the folk all say...#

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Our political editor Martyn Oates has been at Westminster today,

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In her statement to the Commons today, the Prime Minister said

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she hoped the UK would have a deep and special relationship

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with the EU post-Brexit, and she hoped the UK would be able

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to trade with the EU as freely as possible.

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Just how freely will be a topic of intense interest for business

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and, in a region like ours, for farmers and fishermen.

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The Newton Abbott MP and keen Brexiteer Anne Marie Morris told me

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today she backed the government's ambition to have as good a trading

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arrangement with the EU as we do the moment inside the organisation.

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Labour's Ben Bradshaw agreed that was needed but doubts

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the government's ability to deliver it.

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Meanwhile, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has made

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it clear that the government cannot expect to have as good

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a trading deal outside the EU as it does inside it.

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Now of course, the real haggling and horse trading is yet to begin,

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but when it does, people involved in sectors like farming

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and particularly very small industries like fishing will be very

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anxious that they don't end up being sidelined or even sacrificed

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in favour of securing a really good outcome for the big players

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like the financial sector in the City of London.

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In other news tonight, rising costs have forced changes to a major

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The Devon Festival of Remembrance has been held for 25 years.

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But it'll be replaced by a concert at a smaller venue

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It is one of the most high-profile ways that Devon marks

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the sacrifices of those who gave their lives in combat.

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But there will be no Royal British Legion Devon Festival

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The band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines is a big

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attraction at the festival, but it comes at a cost, ?1800,

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as the Ministry of Defence charges organisations including the Legion

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It says that is according to Government policy,

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but it contributed to the festival making a loss.

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?1800 is a lot of money, especially for remembrance.

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If it was for a flower show or for a county show

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or something like that, I could understand.

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It is really not in line with the idea of remembrance.

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Another big cost is the near-?3000 to hire Exeter Cathedral.

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The cathedral, which has its own well-publicised financial issues,

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told us it works very hard to keep costs for concerts and other events

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But staffing and other costs involved in keeping the building

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open beyond its normal opening hours do have to be covered.

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So in November, this smaller venue will host a lower budget concert,

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focusing on youngsters, who the Legion sees as key

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The young people of this country are the people

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who are going to continue, and we looking forward

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to a terrific concert with lots of participation of children.

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And the hope is to reinstate the larger-scale festival in 2018,

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to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War.

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Hamish Marshall, BBC Spotlight, Exeter.

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The traditional practice of swaling on Dartmoor has

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been delayed this year because of the persistent

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At Haytor, the legally-controlled burning has only just begun,

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Commoners on Dartmoor, Exmoor and Bodmin Moor have

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from October until the end of March to burn overgrown gorse,

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but have had to rely on these last few sunny days to get the job done.

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Time now for the all-important weather - are we getting

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There is still some in the forecast for the UK but dry and bright

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weather to be had as well, thankfully. A mixture of the two

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tomorrow after quite a disappointing day today. Tomorrow is slightly

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warmer, still quite breezy. Spells of rain in the West but mainly in

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the West. Elsewhere, dry and hopefully a bit brighter. Low

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pressure dominating in the Atlantic, high pressure across France. It is

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tending to keep the front at bay. This is today and this is tomorrow.

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Not a great deal of change in the pressure pattern but the slightly

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more southerly wind which had helped to draw in some slightly drier and

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warmer air tomorrow. Into Friday, the fog will have pushed through so

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fresh conditions to end the week. Tonight, spells of rain around, some

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quite lively. Quite blustery wind as well and cloud syncing dam, giving

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hill fog tonight but it is mild, with temperatures easily staying in

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double figures. Tomorrow morning starts a bit wet but with the

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southerly wind, it helps to draw the front a bit further westwards. In

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the far West, a bit of a disappointing day with spells of

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rain, quite lively and brisk wind as well but a bit further east, it

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should be drier brighter. Certain amounts of medium and high level

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cloud around but hopefully fairly warm despite the breeze. A few

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showers into Friday, quite a number on Saturday, some sunshine away from

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them, though, and dryer on Sunday. That's how the news

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and weather's looking tonight. The breakfast team will

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be back from 6:25am, far. The outlook for the next few

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days, temperatures coming down a bit but staying decent for this time of

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year. Here is Darren Bett with the national weather.

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The warm air coming up on a southerly breeze all the way from

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Iberia and across France into England and Wales. To achieve the

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high temperatures we need to get into some of this dryer air and

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sunshine. Even with the cloud today, 17 degrees. Not just about the

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temperatures, let's not forget there is some rain around as well. Quite

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wet in Pembrokeshire for much of the day. More rain overnight tonight,

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some rain and drizzle in northern and western areas. Wetter weather

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moving northwards across Scotland. Some rain in the south-west,

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shuffling towards the Midlands. Overnight, a lot of cloud around. It

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is going to be very mild indeed for the time of year, 11-12 in many

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parts of the country. This is an sunshine beginning to creep into the

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south-east early in the

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