Growing up in Bulgaria we always looked up to the EU, and when we finally joined, along with other East European new member states,.
I felt so happy that we were moving forward together.
"So on Brexit Day I felt so sad, almost as if I was at a family funeral and had lost a member of the family."
Brexit brings uncertainty and unpredictability in an already turbulent world.
And as someone who firmly believes in multilateralism, human rights and liberal values, it was a truly sad day.
"I felt helpless! I felt alienated and unwanted."
When I walked past Parliament Square and I saw all these people celebrating Brexit, it felt like Britain and the world had taken a step back from the path of progress.
Nationalism brought two world wars and destruction, and yet again at the start of the 21st century, it had returned with a surprising victory and brought us backwards, as a global community, instead of moving forward.
Until 31th January, I still had some hope that Brexit would not happen after all and that some miracle would occur.
"But the miracle didn’t happen and a feeling of confusion and sadness kicked in."
Sometimes dark forces win and there was nothing I can do.
But there is always hope, that with a new generation, the UK will join the EU again.
In the meantime, our message is clear:
Don't Make Citizens Pay Price of Brexit!
About the author
Katerina Dimitrova is a research analyst for a publication in the insurance sector.
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