1. I don’t want a stamp in my passport every time I cross the border. Partition will lead to a hard border with an unstable Turkey.
2. In a region fraught with instability, Cyprus will be even more vulnerable than it already is (picture ‘sitting duck’) and I will feel even more unsafe than I already do.
3. Divided, we will be unable to fight climate change which is coming hard and fast our way. Say bye bye to saving Pentadaktylos/Beşparmak.
4. Brain drain will continue on both sides of the island. The island’s youth will certainly not stick around to be paid peanuts on an island with limited opportunities.
5. Rising nationalism on both sides.
6. The community that we have known as Turkish Cypriots will soon cease to exist. The north will buckle under the weight of citizenships given to Turks and anyone else it plans on sending to Cyprus.
7. The realisation of utter failure. I for one don’t like losing, I like winning and in this case winning/achieving the reunification of our island.
8. I don’t want Turkish Cypriots born and brought up in the north to lose their rights as EU citizens.
9. I don’t want to have to flee the island due to the ear piercing sounds of wailing from armchair protestors and activists.
10. I don’t want my island divided any longer.
*Title references teen romance movie ’10 things I hate about you’.
Alper Ali Riza, queen’s counsel in the UK and part time judge
Fiona Mullen, Director, Sapienta Economics Developments
Esra Aygin, freelance journalist