The UK was never a hospitable place for “foreigners”. Not outside London and university campuses, at least.
Nonetheless, I care about the place and its people, I have an attachment to it, having lived there for nearly a decade. The referendum results are devastating. Racism, nationalism and xenophobia prevailed.
My heart goes out to my many friends who work in the UK and help make it one of the world’s stronger economies. The British people have spoken. They very clearly sent the message that you’re unwelcome to *their* country. And this is so very sad.
However, it’s time for the rest of us to show moral superiority. British people must and will remain welcome to our countries all across Europe. We need to be better than them, to contain the racism and scaremongering that dominated British politics and drove the Leave vote.