Remain reels in heart throbs Jude Law, Keira Knightley… and Justin Trudeau
Stars state: 'We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain's leading role on the world stage.'
Last month, the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union revealed that former cricket player Ian Botham backed Brexit.
Now the campaign to stay has gone one better in the celebrity endorsement stakes. Or 282 better to be precise.
Keira Knightley, Jude Law, and Benedict Cumberbatch are among stars who have signed a letter saying Brexit would "damage" the creative industry.
Among others backing the letter are actors Bill Nighy, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sir John Hurt, Sir Patrick Stewart and Thandie Newton, architect Richard Rogers, artist Tracey Emin, author John le Carre, comedian Jo Brand, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, director Richard Curtis and writer Philip Pullman.
The letter, organised by the Britain Stronger in Europe campaign, says: "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."
It adds: "Leaving Europe would be a leap into the unknown for millions of people across the UK who work in the creative industries, and for the millions more at home and abroad who benefit from the growth and vibrancy of Britain's cultural sector."
"We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain's leading role on the world stage. Let's not become an outsider shouting from the wings."
Hitting back for Leave is House of Cards author Lord Dobbs. The Tory peer said Britain’s creative success was a result of “dedication, hard work and extraordinary creative abilities of our artists” and he added:
"Ancient Greece was the birthplace of our civilisation yet today, because of the EU's appalling policies, streets that were once filled with the world's greatest philosophers and playwrights are choked with desperate beggars and mountains of rotting rubbish.
“These are the realities of the EU. It's failing. The dream is dead. We need to move on."
In a separate development, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has entered the debate. In an echo of Barack Obama, the heart throb politician told Reuters there is "nothing easy or automatic" about negotiating new trade deals between Canada and a Brexit Britain.
He added: "Britain is always going to have clout, it's just obviously amplified by its strength as part of the EU. I believe we're always better when we work as closely as possible together and separatism, or division, doesn't seem to be a productive path for countries."