Cornwall Council has confirmed that it will seek permission to hold a referendum on Cornish independence in the hope of joining the EU.

Still recovering from the shock of finding out that Cornwall won’t get EU grants once the UK leaves the EU, a Council spokesman said that they wanted a vote to be held between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of the following year.

Council Leader John Pollard said the move was needed to protect Cornish interests in the wake of the UK voting to leave the EU.

“We want independence and once we have that we will apply to join the EU and the euro.”

“It makes so much sense. We have a huge market right on our doorstep.

“We get masses of European tourists every year and if they can spend their euro without having all the hassle of converting to pounds, it will be a lot easier for everyone.”