I have always believed in the power of cooperation. I believe that we owe the prosperity and peace that Europe has enjoyed for the past 60 years to the EU. I believe in openness, diversity and tolerance. Until the day of the referendum, I believed that the UK shared these values. In fact they are a big reason why I chose to build my life in this country, and it has been my home for more than 25 years. The referendum and all the ugliness it has brought out have shaken me to my core. Now, when I look at the UK I see the face of a much loved friend whom I thought I knew but no longer recognise. Now I mourn this loss and struggle with the decision of whether I can bear to stay or should rebuild my life elsewhere, in a country that still believes in cooperation and openness, in the EU."


Ruth St John