Mr Farage, I agree with your call for a 'fair' referendum. But how do we go about organising a fair referendum, if voters are bombarded with anti-EU myths on a daily basis by the Murdoch and Desmond media empires?
Chris - Liverpool
What of the 'time-bomb' that was the 50p tax rate left by Brown? I think we can hold future governments to a particular principle, if the action resonates strongly enough. Labour had its 'fair' 50p tax rate, which is anything but, and the Conservatives can have the referendum. Even now, Milliband is considering an offer pre-2015; it will be the right-wing's time bomb.
Fair's fair, but you're right, it will be uphill trying to fight off certain broadcasters, the EU war chest and all the mainstream parties. Hopefully, UKIP can enact some kind of Obama online campaign; the 2008 election was one with the internet. We most certainly will get Milliband, thanks to DC's useless term - but it doesn't mean Labour voters want us to stay in any more than we do. I just hope we are the first to leave, I'd hate to think we were pipped at the post or, heaven forbid, dragged down with the sinking ship.
Either way, I know nobody with any guts will be up there telling it like it is. We need people to know why we're leaving - the country that beat Napoleon twice and National Socialism in a certain Germanic "member state". We need them to see Britain as she used to be known: strong and independent. That's the message to give when leaving, with our heads held high that we played by the rules and tried our best. It's how you play the game.
Tom - London
In the grand scheme of things, the UK is not (anymore at least) 'strong' and cannot progress independently. That has nothing to do with EU membership, but global demographic changes on whole:
Mark - Swindon
Mr Farage is right that renegotiation is not a solution. It can only, therefore, be an 'option' for bamboozling the public and denying them a referendum on the grounds that something might eventually happen.
Quite simply, under EU Case Law, once powers are ceded to EU level - member countries have to accept that the loss of national sovereignty is permanent within the EU; although, they can get out of it. This is because the goals of the EU are ever closer political and economic union, and EU members are bound to do nothing that jeopardises them.
Renegotiation - in the sense of taking powers back - is a total non-starter. Nor is the status quo - we would have to accept more centralisation of powers to the EU if we stayed in.
New Alliance - Britain - Great without the EU
It is going to be extremely hard to get a fair' referendum because Brussels will throw millions of euros at the 'In' campaign to create a whole raft of intimidating propaganda, such as how terrible life will be outside the EU and that we 'can no longer cope' as an independent country. People, unfortunately, are easy prey to fear tactics and they also fear change. They would rather the devil they know than the angel they don't and that is one of the things that creates huge hurdles.
Mark-Swindon, you seem to think that the UK is now a battered old sow that needs crutches; that is what the politicians qant people to believe, so that they will happily throw in their lot with the EU and meekly submit to control.
Those of us who have seen through the lies can also see many of things that need to be done, but when people believe there is no hope - then negativity embraces everything. It must be fought off.
CD - Wilts
Its nothing to do with fear or no hope, its to do with education. Some people in the UK do not understand the dealings of the EU, they do not take a second language and they hardly integrate with European culture the way 'continentals' do.
What are you so scared of? I am for a referendum 'in-out' anyway, to finally end all this rubbish so we can move on and have a clear plan. Re-negotiation is not an option, we are already out of the monetary union, justice and home affairs, fundamental rights and Schengen. How much further will this go until the rest of the EU stops and says enough is enough?
But hear this: there has been rapid change around the world and the UK will not stand as a great power alone against the rise of the eastern economies. The EU can't even negotiate a trade agreement with China, so how do you think the UK will fair alone negotiating one? We produce... nothing. So 'CD- Wilts' lets stop writing a novel and talk about the real issues facing our island for the future and not descriptions of the UK and how this negative view needs to be fought off - "with all our might" I suppose?
Mark - Swindon
Mark - Swindon, of course we can renegotiate. We just decide to leave and then negotiate as per Norway of Switzerland. Don't forget its a two way street - BWM, Mercedes, Bosch, Siemens etc. do a huge amount of business in the UK and will not want to give that up. Education as everything and nothing to do with it. If I had to learn a language many years ago I would, I dare say, have learnt French or German. How good would that have been to me today?
I have never had the urge to work in either, fully believing that if you can't make it here then you will probably struggle elsewhere. If I had school age children today, I would ask them to consider Portuguese (Brazil), Mandarin (China) Urdu etc. And you will get by in English everywhere.
You are of course right that we will never again be the world power that we were before WWII, but hey we can find a niche for ourselves in the world that we are comfortable with. A little bit of confidence and looking out to the world is all that is needed. That to me is a better option than becoming a region within the EU, where our voice will become the equivalent of whispering against thunder.
Willy Waucht - Ayrshire