Monday, 16 May 2016

BBC News: Prominent Czechs urge UK not to quit EU in referendum

BBC News: Prominent Czechs urge UK not to quit EU in referendum


More than 30 leading public figures in the Czech Republic have signed an open letter urging the UK to vote to stay in the EU in next month's referendum.

The letter says the UK plays a key "balancing role" in European politics and a British exit from the EU "would be disastrous".

It is addressed to the Czech-born British playwright, Sir Tom Stoppard.

The signatories include Cold War-era dissidents, supermodel Eva Herzigova and renowned conductor Jiri Belohlavek.

The list is topped by Michael Zantovsky, a former Czech ambassador to London who was spokesman for the late Vaclav Havel, the man who led the 1989 Velvet Revolution that swept the Soviet-backed communists from power. Mr Zantovsky now runs the Vaclav Havel library.

Havel's brother Ivan is also a signatory, as are Cardinal Dominik Duka, Archbishop of Prague, and former gymnast Vera Caslavska, who won seven Olympic gold medals.

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