I am European.
I have lived in Europe, I have studied in Europe (the Netherlands as part of the Erasmus scheme.)
My family history can be traced back to Scandinavia, Madeira, Wales and Ireland.
Like many others, I awoke on the morning of the 24th June 2016 to a world which had turned upside down, seemingly overnight.
The British people had voted in favour of leaving the European Union. A result which will undoubtedly have profound effects on our economy and society over the next decade.
A result which seems completely at odds with the liberal and progressive society I feel part of here in the UK.
My first tip off to anything untoward was the overwhelming number of expletives on my twitter feed, an explosion of (mostly) horror and disgust. The emotional outpouring from both sides was incredible, but completely in line with what had (mostly) been an emotional campaign.
I have to say I thought facts were quite sparse on the ground from both camps, however it now seems that Leave were leading the way with unsubstantiated claims (Claiming an extra 350 million a week would be available for the NHS, which is now refuted by most leave campaigners, despite being emblazoned on the side of a big fucking bus.)
Whilst there are obvious dysfunctional issues within the the EU as an infrastructural entity, alongside protectionist concerns surrounding trade, my vote to remain came from my profound belief in the power of an international outlook which reaches out beyond borders, beyond race and religion.
I firmly believe that with an increasingly interconnected digital world and global economy, internationalism is the only way that humanity will be able to overcome the challenges of the 21st century; global warming, poverty, food security, water scarcity.
My admittedly slightly clunky reference to the famous phrase "civis romanus sum" is a also a nod to the common history and culture of Europe, the cultural citizenship that we all share, the ties that bind us all together.
Because it is our togetherness, our co-operation, our shared interests, economy and values that have ensured peace for a very historically not-so-peaceful continent.
Article 17 (1) of the Treaty on European Union states that:
"Citizenship of the Union is hereby established. Every person holding the nationality of a Member State shall be a citizen of the Union. Citizenship of the Union shall be additional to and not replace national citizenship"