I shall be voting "stay" in the EU referendum (it sounds more punchy than "remain"). I don't much like the arguments of fear on either side; neither has a monopoly on that, despite the rather desperate cat calls. And I wish that those leading the "in " campaign would lay out more of an ideological mission statement. Haven't they learned from the Scottish referendum that those arguing for the status quo run the real risk of losing unless they have a messianic rallying cry too?
Part of my reason is gut. Over the last few decades, the truth is that I really have begun to internalise a dual identity: I feel BOTH British AND European, and I dont see any real clash between them (that's a bit like the Roman model, I guess -- so far as we can tell, most citizens in the Roman world felt they 'belonged' both to Rome and to wherever it was they came from. That's not to say that I don't see problems with the EU. I'm as dissatisfied as anyone with the "democratic deficit". I don't like the voting system for the European parliament. And I dont think that it is entirely my fault that I dont know who my MEP/S is/are. That said, it feels like these are problems that I have to "own" and that I have a responsibility to do something about from the inside. It's a bit like saying that I wouldn't decide to emigrate to (say) New Zealand because I didnt like the UK's defence policy and austerity regime; I'd stay here and try to do something about it.
I also have real problems with many of the main planks of the "out" campaign, especially the mantra about controlling our own borders.