Almost 300 British celebrities, including such stars as Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Stewart, and Keira Knightley, have called for the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union ahead of an important vote this June.
The Britain Stronger in Europe campaign organized a joint letter of support that the stars signed onto. On its website, the campaign claimed
that 96 percent of members of the Creative Industries Federation support remaining in the EU.
"From the smallest gallery to the biggest blockbuster, many of us have worked on projects that would never have happened without vital EU funding or by collaborating across borders," the letter reads. "Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative, and our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away."
A June 23 referendum will determine whether Britain should leave the 28-nation European Union.
Author Lord Dobbs disputed arguments in favor of remaining in the EU, saying that the success of Britain's creative industries is due to the "dedication, hard work and extraordinary creative abilities of our artists, it's not because of the EU," the BBC reported
. "Culture owes nothing to committees."
Polls indicate that voters are split on the referendum, The New York Times reported
. A decision to leave the EU, which has been dubbed "Brexit," would set the stage for "the mother of all divorces," the publication wrote.
Twitter users seemed mostly unimpressed with the celebrities' stance.
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