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Actress Helena Bonham Carter says Britain can keep its “sense of identity” within the European Unio...

UK can keep its 'sense of identity' within EU, says Helena Bonham Carter

By 18:29:00

Actress Helena Bonham Carter says Britain can keep its “sense of identity” within the European Union (EU) after voicing her support for the Remain campaign.

The British star said her family’s European history had influenced her thinking ahead of the June 23 referendum after she signed an open letter backing a Remain vote with dozens of famous figures.

“Generally I want us to stay in,” she told the Press Association

“I’m European so much in my blood. My mother’s half French, half Spanish.

“I feel European but I also feel we can be British and be part of Europe, without it impinging on our sense of identity.”

The signatories, who also included Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Patrick Stewart, Bill Nighy and Keira Knightley, said that being part of the EU “bolsters Britain’s leading role on the world stage” and warned that Brexit would leave the country “an outsider shouting from the wings”.

Helena had previously joined more than 200 public figures in signing a letter which called for Scotland to stay part of the United Kingdom in 2014.

Speaking ahead of the release of Alice Through The Looking Glass, in which she plays the Red Queen, the actress also revealed her 12-year-old son Billy had been “terrified” of his godfather Johnny Depp, while her eight-year-old daughter Nell “burst into tears” after first meeting the Hollywood star.

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