There is no doubt the question of Europe will play a large part in the general election campaign ahead of the nation going to the polls in May. The rise of UKIP’s popularity among many voters makes for some potentially fascinating battles.
The news that UKIP will be putting up a candidate against the most ardent Euro-sceptic Philip Hollobone proves that Nigel Farage is keen to get a mandate from the whole electorate for his party, not just from voters happy to back Conservatives who want the nation to withdraw from the European Union.
If the results of the county referendum on Europe are an indicator, then the majority of people want us out of the union.
So who will they vote for?
And will they split the vote in what were safe Conservative seats last time round?
It is an issue that will not go away.
Like it or not, UKIP are a factor and although they may not pick up many seats in the election, the votes they gather may have huge implications for the other three main political parties.
Neil Pickford, Editor