The day following the referendum on leaving Europe, I was working in my shop in Tunbridge Wells. Everyone who came in was in the state of shock, it was as if we'd all lost a loved one. Soon after the shock, the anger set in. I was angry because my children who were unable to vote (one just a year away from being able to have his say). Yet others, who took for granted the freedom of friction-less boarders and strength in unity, decided my children's fate for them.
Yes the EU is not perfect but what organisation is? In order to make positive changes, you need to be in the building, not outside looking through the windows. As for the financial argument, well that has quickly become apparent that we won't be better off and the uncertainty of Brexit has caused untold long lasting damage to our economy.
We must not forget that the reason for the referendum was a game played by David Cameron in order to secure him a second term and here we are today, in the throws of the disastrous Brexit negotiations, the government seemingly clueless as to what to do next.
As a proud European, I feel part of a wider, inclusive community. Being outside of Europe means we will be a small island of insular infrastructure, always the bridesmaid, never the bride! So let's make a difference and have a say going forward, all is not lost so that is why I am pleased to be part of TW-IN.