I'm proud to be European, living in Tunbridge Wells, so close to the Channel and France. I have migrant Huguenot family roots and have always identified with wider cosmopolitan cultural and political values. This led me to reading European novelists such as Camus and Kafka, and philosophers such as Delueze and Debord.

Curiosity led me to visit Communist Albania three times in the 1980s. I joined the pro-EU SDP in my twenties, later teaching a course called 'What is Europe' for the Open University, and becoming chair of the local European Movement branch for well over a decade.

The Brexit referendum result really gutted me. I am European, British, and Kentish – having been born in Pembury. There is no conflict in my mind between being a Kentish Man and a European and Citizen of the World.