I've always been proud to be European and had a sense of connection to the continent. Having German heritage on one side of my family could have explained this but the referendum made me realise it's more than this.

As a historian I've spent my working life learning and teaching how our countries history is interwoven with our neighbours. Whilst not perfect the EU epitomises our shared history and is a far more important symbol of the continents reconciliation, than the tub thumping symbolism of many politicians keen for us to isolate ourselves from our neighbours.

So why be involved with TW-IN? I'll leave you with this - from someone who perhaps wasn't appreciated enough when he was around but like our EU citizenship has been missed once it has gone.

"What is important is that we make sure to work together, that we understand our strength comes from unity and not division."

Barack Obama