My pride in being a European arises from the vision I believe unites me with friends and colleagues across the EU. That vision embraces diversity, tolerance and humanitarian values, essential if we are to sustain the peace and prosperity we have enjoyed for the last sixty years in Europe. Life is too short to waste time at odds with those who share our values. Cooperation and openness are the best way to ensure the values we all hold dear are enhanced and built on. Behaving like ostriches and burying our heads in the sand in the belief we as a nation can go it alone in this world, will only result in one thing. Getting burnt in the end!!