That is the question facing Ukip presently, one that may well cause a potentially damaging division within the party. The debate and subsequent ballot which is being conducted will decide the question of whether or not Ukip should become a Pan European Political Party.
luikkerland posts on the dilemma and links to articles by Gerard Batten, Trevor Coleman and Professor Tim Congdon who are all against the idea. From the links of the first two mentioned the views of those in favour can be accessed, amongst whom are Nigel Farage - and one does wonder whether the 'sheep-like' following that the latter has, within the party, might just sway the result.
On a personal level I have voted 'NO' on the basis that to enter the PEPP 'arena' would mean Ukip being subsumed and thus losing their identity, as luikkerland explains. If the vote results in a 'YES' then I would, unfortunately, be forced to end my membership of the party - although on that score, no tears will be shed by the hierarchy. It seems to me that Ukip appear to have forgotten that they have the word 'Independence' incorporated into their name.
For some time, as regular visitors to this blog will be aware, I have been of the opinion that Ukip's direction, presentation - in fact the general strategy - has been at fault, which bearing in mind that the pros and cons of our membership of the European Union has been rising within public opinion must surely be the reason that the party is still only polling an average of 6% throughout the country.
For Eurosceptics, Ukip is probably held as the best possible option in order to secure a divorce from the EU, bearing in mind the Lib/Lab/Con are all Europhile in nature, therefore unless they are able to raise their game then perhaps Richard North's suggestion of independent candidates will be the only viable alternative - laced of course with a good dose of "Referism".