Op-ed: Guy Verhofstadt, one of those many European bureaucrats discussing a renegotiation of UK EU membership, appearing on the Daily Politics Friday was hardly reassuring.
Who is Verhofstadt?
Guy Maurice Marie Louise Verhofstadt is a Belgian politician, who served as the 47th Prime Minister of Belgium from 1999 to 2008. He is currently the Chair of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe.
On the Daily politics Verhofstadt said Europe did not have a problem with the free movement of people which too many indicates he is way out of touch with the real world.
He left lingering doubts that the British electorate would be voting on an in / out referendum before the deal was signed, sealed and delivered.
If David Cameron feels a new deal is good to go we the British public will be asked to vote on 'Brexit' or 'Bremain'. But the other EU member state leaders may carry on negotiating and pull the rug from under our feet.
You can hardly blame each country for trying to get the best terms of membership for their people but as the EC began as an Economic 'Community' that modus operandi defeats initial aims.
But as you ponder which way you will vote news that politicians and others involved in the many groups working for the country to either stay in the EU or leave are bickering perhaps tells you all you need to know.
There are official political party groups operating for both sides of the campaign, along with many fringe groups, and war has broken out.
Disunity and anger seems the order of the day in 2016 and neither will help the electorate make the right choice for themselves.
Although many UK voters have been waiting years to have a vote on EU membership bickering, spin and misinformation could result in huge numbers of voters exercising their right to 'not bother'.
This week UK PM David Cameron made EU renegotiation announcements first at a press meeting and publicity stunt at a Siemens factory in Chippenham and a day later to parliament.
One report in the Guardian was scathing "David Cameron's EU negotiation: a triumph only in his own mind."
The UK is just beginning what could be a lengthy and misleading period of time deciding its future in or out of the European Union and for many the jury is still out.
[Read preparation of the European Council meeting of 18 and 19 February 2016 (debate) here]