Ian Paisley's DUP is insisting that the only question to be resolved in the Six County European election is whether Sinn Fein will top the poll on June 10.
Their candidate, Jim Allister, yesterday launched a heavy-handed attack on Sinn Fein and its candidate, Bairbre de Brun.
Launching his party's manifesto yesterday, he "unashamedly" acknowledged that he opposed the European Union and would happily see Britain (and the North) withdraw from the European Union.
"Unlike the UUP candidate, whose party is so at ease with their three-time governmental partners Sinn Fein, we would not regard Sinn Fein topping the poll as a mere five-day wonder but as a serious setback for peace and democracy in this province," he declared.
"We seek to rally unionist opinion to ensure the IRA is denied the worldwide propaganda coup which topping the poll would bestow upon them," said Mr Allister.
He said that the North for the first time was facing its strongest challenge from Sinn Fein. "They must not succeed. Europe must be shown that terrorist apologists do not speak for Ulster. As the representative of the largest unionist party and the biggest political party in Northern Ireland, I am the only candidate who can defeat Sinn Fein in this election."