The starting pistol has been fired and now the contest can start in earnest as to whether we should leave or stay in the EU.
Already, in this newspaper, we have seen various people giving spurious reasons to stay in.
We have also read NI politicians giving their reasons to stay in and when we decipher these reasons, it is because the Republic is still a member.
A question about Sinn Fein’s pro EU credentials: “Is there an EU treaty that they have not opposed?”
Quite frankly, they are against the British people in Northern Ireland, along with our fellow British people in the UK, having a democratic vote in case the result does not suit them.
The reason that they want to stay in is not because they think the UK would be better off, but for political expedience because they have no loyalty to our country.
We see a small section of big business who depend on getting cheap foreign labour wanting to stay in.
One of these is the NI agri-food sector where in certain areas they have around 70% of workers who are foreign labourers.
David Cameron’s plan to phase in restrictions over four years for new migrants will do little to deter them.
It may even see a surge in migration before the restrictions take place on April 17.
The minimum wage is set to rise and it is a lot more than migrants’ home countries offer.
Many people like bankers (who nearly bankrupt the country) and even some military big wigs spurred on by the government will tell us we are better off and safer in the EU.
As Ian Duncan Smith has said, we are not safer in the EU as we do not control our borders and do not know who comes in and out.
The Paris killers were able to travel freely in Europe.
This referendum is more than about money or just Northern Ireland: it is about the sovereignty of our nation.
We do not have the right to control our own borders, make binding decisions in our British courts, control our own farming, fisheries, and we are restricted in other areas in which we are dictated to by unelected bureaucrats.
We want people to run our country whom we can kick out when the majority disagrees.
This expensive club to be a member of (£55,000,000 a day) is dysfunctional.
We have a chance in a lifetime to break free from an EU that has not even audited its accounts in twenty years.
Let’s hope that the people of the United Kingdom take that chance and do not listen to the voices of those who ultimately seek to dismantle the UK.
John Mulholland, Doagh