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We have seen things over the past few days and weeks that have raised difficult questions about who we are as British people. And if we are to take Britain forward rather than back, I believe that the time is right for progressive political parties on the left to unite - and to offer a credible alternative to the unholy trinity that is Farage, Johnson and Gove. If Brexiteers are serious about handing control to the British people, then a proportional voting system has to be a priority. And if we are to set about healing the deep divisions in our society which this referendum has revealed, then we need to urgently build a more representative, inclusive democracy.
The Remain camp have avoided the immigration argument like the plague because they're scared to attack the government, so the debate consequently hasn't been framed in the right way. My message to working class voters worried about immigration is this: know your enemy. These people don't want what's best for you. They never have and they never will.
While the script for Friday's national result declaration remains unwritten, let us hope that the words selected resemble the ones crafted by the 16th century poet John Donne who said this: "no man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent."
This is not the kind of country I want Britain to be. We can and should be a tolerant, open, outward-looking country. Our politics should be a lively, energetic exchange of views, where ideas are robustly challenged in a climate that respects the individuals involved in the debate.
The referendum is almost upon us and there have been many arguments made on both sides. When you're talking about the future it's difficult to say with any certainty what will happen whatever the result because none of us have a crystal ball. So it is important at this point in the debate to think about what it is we actually know for certain and what questions are still unanswered.
I don't think it's fair that people wrongly use the EU as a scapegoat for the failures of national governments to adequately tackle critical issues. As I hope I've demonstrated, there is much good that the EU can and does do for older generations, but equally, there is much opportunity for younger generations. On Thursday I hope you'll vote with your heads, as well with your hearts. It's not too late to change your mind!
Although I do not have a say in this referendum, I have encouraged those with the right to vote to ask questions and get informed. I hope all British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens take ownership and cast their votes on 23 June. The outcome of this referendum will not only shape their own future, but also that of continental Europeans who now call the UK their home.
There are only two days left to go now before voters have their say on whether or not we remain a member of the European Union. This decision is absolutely fundamental to the future of our nation. It's result will shape Britain's 21st century. A century that our young people are more invested in than any of us - they're likely to spend much more time in it! Unlike a General Election, we won't get to 'course correct' in five years' time if we change our minds later, or things haven't work out as we'd hoped. So this vote is in once-in-a-generation decision. We need to get it right.