There are plenty of good reasons I am voting to remain in the EU today, but when I look back over the last few months I’m disappointed about the amount of mis-information, half-truths and distractions that have formed the largest part of the debate around the referendum. I think that we deserve better than that.

I’m upset by the amount of hatred, racism and xenophobia this referendum has brought to the fore, largely through the stoking of fear, finger-pointing and scapegoating that our politicians – with the backing of our media – have nurtured for years. I know we are not a hateful country.

For me, with a backdrop of little trusted information, this referendum has become a referendum not about whether or not we are actually better in or out of the EU, but whether or not we are a nation that champions love over hate, compassion over cruelty, and solidarity over division.

I vote for friendship and supporting one another; for workers’ rights and environmental action; for safeguarding and protecting the vulnerable; and for collaboration and peace. I want to remain in Europe because I love being one person in a wonderful, inspiring and diverse mix of human beings. I want to be more a part of our global community, not less.

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