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If you are already fed up to the back teeth with talk of whether or not the UK should leave the European Union then you’ll be ready for a trip to the dentist over the coming months.

Although we are yet to be told when the referendum into our future in Europe will be held, the wagons, not to mention the chauffeur-driven Daimlers, are already beginning to circle, and I for one have already had enough of talk of a possible ‘Brexit’.

Maybe once we have a date, I will feel differently, but it is hard to get excited when the arguments for and against don’t seem to change.

It is hard to imagine the process becoming more exciting because a referendum will mean a lot more Nigel Farage, which is pretty difficult to visualise considering the guy is already as prevalent on our small screens as cow dung in a field.

When you bear in mind that five months ago a nation thought he was finished after he failed to win a seat in Westminster, the Smug One must be pinching himself at the prospect that he could soon become one of the most influential figures in our modern history. Perish the thought.

But Farage will not be on his own in the battle to convince the UK voting public that Europe is not the land of milk and honey and more the home of stale baguettes. The starting flag was waved on the referendum race with the news that a cross party alliance of a mega rich Tory, Labour donor and a former UKIP backer are among a number of wealthy business figures who are throwing their weight behind the Vote Leave Group. But the waters begin to muddy when we discover there is another group, backed by UKIP, which will claim to be the official Brexit flagbearer.

And this is when it starts to become confusing for the public and, with that, comes the risk that millions will switch off, which is a shame when you consider there is a new hunger for democracy following last year’s Scottish Referendum.

I cannot see the sense in leaving something which has served us well for the last 40 or so years even if it does cost us plenty. Yes, there is room for reform, and the EU has not showered itself in glory, with its response to the migrant crisis and indecision over Greece’s financial meltdown being examples of this.

With a deadline of 2017 for the referendum, the campaigns could run for another 26 months which could be a disaster for what is one of the most important decisions this nation of ours has had to make. Prepared to be bored to death.