I don’t need facts or figures or graphs or studies to persuade me how to vote on 23 June. I don’t need TV debates or experts. And I’m getting pretty good at ignoring the utter crap that the tabloids publish on their front pages.
Whether Britain should remain in or leave the EU isn’t a matter of weighing up the arguments and pondering both sides, because it’s more than that. It’s emotional, it’s innate.
I’m an EU resident currently residing in an EU country and I want it to stay that way.
I live in London, which – as I’ve said before – is one of the greatest cities in the world. One of the reasons that I love London is the diversity. I don’t get annoyed hearing the many languages spoken here and seeing the many faces living here, I feel enriched by it. Yes, London is hard work sometimes, but it’s people make this baffling and beautiful place what it is.
London’s offices, homes, bars, shops, buses, trains, hotels, restaurants, hospitals and streets are filled by people from all over the world. And a heck of a lot of them from all over the EU. My life is made better by the many different people I live with, work with, run with and socialise with. I don’t want anyone of them to feel like they aren’t welcome in London or anywhere in Britain.
On the flip side, I also want to feel welcome across Europe. I have travelled to countries within the EU numerous times, and this has increased dramatically within the last few years. I think nothing of jumping on a flight and exploring a different city for the weekend. Or running a half marathon in one of our European neighbours. I’d spend a few days in Berlin, Paris or Barcelona as easily, probably more cheaply and definitely more frequently that I would Leeds, Liverpool or Manchester.
This makes me extremely privileged, but this is how I chose to spend my salary. Others may save for a place of their own, I go on little adventures that I am lucky enough to have within only a few hours of my doorstep.
But this isn’t just about the future of budget airlines or keeping millennials boredom-free at weekends. It’s about the fact that me, and many other people, have grown up in Britain but also feel European.
It’s in the books I read, the language lessons I take, the sports I watch, the dreams I have.
I will genuinely just feel very sad if we vote leave next week.
And if we do, I’m moving to Spain (whilst I still can).