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    Some might say they never found it, but for the rest of us.

    UKIP was founded with a simple and clear aim: bring about the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

    Because of the surprise Tory election win, there is now going to be a referendum on this question.

    Even if UKIP would prefer a withdrawal without a referendum, in practice an 'In' vote in the referendum would close the issue for at least a decade and probably a generation, barring some extraordinary crisis.

    Therefore, the only way UKIP can achieve its goal is to win the referendum for 'Out'.

    Yet on the UKIP website there is absolutely no mention of the EU referendum and the most prominence is given to a demand for electoral reform, something that can't have any impact until three years after the referendum is decided.

    So has UKIP now abandoned any pretence of being an anti-EU party? Is it simply now a mainstream party, whose main interest is self-preservation and self-enrichment, and whose main policy interest is not the EU but immigration?


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