Together we move forward, alone we are left behind

File photo dated 09/01/09 of the Union Flag pictured behind the flag of the European Union in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday July 13, 2011. George Osborne has warned that Britain is "not immune" to the crisis in the eurozone amid growing fears over Italy and Spain. After holding talks with counterparts in Brussels yesterday, the Chancellor insisted decisive action was needed to ensure the markets had confidence in bail-out mechanisms. The ministers had been intending to discuss a second package for Greece, but the gathering has been overshadowed by the Italian government's efforts to agree austerity measures. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has insisted the estimated �42 billion of savings will return his country's finances to "significant surplus" if passed by MPs. See PA story EU Euro. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
File photo dated 09/01/09 of the Union Flag pictured behind the flag of the European Union in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday July 13, 2011. George Osborne has warned that Britain is "not immune" to the crisis in the eurozone amid growing fears over Italy and Spain. After holding talks with counterparts in Brussels yesterday, the Chancellor insisted decisive action was needed to ensure the markets had confidence in bail-out mechanisms. The ministers had been intending to discuss a second package for Greece, but the gathering has been overshadowed by the Italian government's efforts to agree austerity measures. Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has insisted the estimated �42 billion of savings will return his country's finances to "significant surplus" if passed by MPs. See PA story EU Euro. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

More than ever before, we’re being told this vote will be one cast with our hearts, more than our heads. What does my heart tell me? That ‘Great’ Britain, Boris’ Britannia, it’s dead in the dirt. For the best.

Fear hangs over this referendum. On that fateful Thursday in June, fear will be right there with you at the polling station, in the voting booth.

The zeitgeist is one of ignorance and xenophobia. My fears are different. I fear my future daughter or son could live in a society less progressive than today’s. But we must know facts not fear.

Leaving the EU means leaving what was first conceived as a means to establish durable peace in Europe after the Second World War. Leaving the EU means leaving the only body in the western world committed to a manned spaceflight program to the Moon and Mars.

Leaving the EU means leaving behind the EU’s overwhelmingly positive environmental policy, and the UK government’s legally binding adherence to said policy. It means scrapping the Human Rights Act and abandoning the only feasible solution to what the UN is now calling the largest humanitarian crisis in the world today. ‘Leave’ means more poverty, more austerity and a more divided nation than we’ve ever known.

I won’t entertain arguments from Camp Leave from the likes of Farage complaining about now debunked ‘cabbage regulations’ and whatnot. That said, a friend recently disclosed they find the EU’s lack of support in social matters, fundamental LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) rights legislation for instance, disturbing. But the answer here is not, and will never be, reanimating the corpse of Albion. The answer is a fixable EU, not a broken Britain. The chance of progression, or the certainty of regression? This is the question that we, as Europeans, are faced with.

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