Nigel Farage has said he is "prepared" to lead the No campaign in the EU referendum, but predicted the role would go to someone from "outside normal politics".
The Ukip leader said his role will be "important," adding that he would be "extremely active" in the campaign for a Brexit when David Cameron calls the referendum.
Making a pitch for Ukip to play a central role in the campaign, he said his party was the only eurosceptic organisation with a "big grassroots structure on the ground".
"The role of Ukip, the role of myself will be important. That's not saying that I have to take the lead," Mr Farage told LBC radio.
"I would be prepared to of course. But I suspect what we will see is somebody coming from completely outside of normal politics, somebody from the world of business or entertainment that hasn't got any political baggage at all. I think someone like that may well emerge."
He raised the prospect of a figure such as British inventor Sir James Dyson leading the campaign, echoing Ukip MP Douglas Carswell's preferred candidate for the job.
To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Mr Farage said he will go to the site for "a big dramatic re-enactment". He said he hoped schools across the UK would teach pupils about the battle and learn about how Napoleon was prevented from creating a "European empire".
"Napoleon wanted to build a European empire and it was the British and the Prussians and a few Dutch who stood there on the battlefield at Waterloo and stopped him and finished him off, thank goodness," he said.
"But it was a very bloody very costly day and it is something I hope that every schoolchild in Britain is being taught about over the next few days."
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
In pictures: The rise of Ukip
1/8 1993: Alan Sked forms Ukip
History professor Alan Sked had been active in anti-EU politics for a while beore he founded Ukip in 1993. He resigned from the party after the 1997 election, concerned that it was attracting far-right members, and has been critical of Ukip since. Picture: Reuters
2/8 2005: Kilroy defects
Former TV presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk founded Veritas in 2005, after a failed bid to become leader, and took many of Ukip's elected members with him. But the party slowly lost its popularity and didn't put forward any candidates in the last election. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty REUTERS KD/RUS
3/8 2010: Farage becomes leader, again
Farage had led Ukip from 2006 until 2009, when he stood down to fight against the Speaker, John Bercow, for his Buckingham seat. He failed to win the election and returned to lead the party in November 2010. Picture: REUTERS/Kieran Doherty
4/8 2010: Ukip fights for election
Nigel Farage was injured in a plane crash on polling day in the 2010 general election, but his party increased its success in the votes. It fielded 572 candidates and took 3.1% of the vote, though failed to win any seats. REUTERS/Darren Staples
5/8 2013: Eastleigh gains
Ukip's candidate Diane James got the highest ever number of votes for any candidate from the party, but was beaten by the Liberal Democrats. The surge in support gave Ukip confidence ahead of local and European elections later in the year. Picture: Reuters
6/8 2013: Bloom kicked out
Godfrey Bloom, who served as an Ukip MEP from 2004 to 2014, had the whip withdrawn in 2013 after sexist comments and an attack on a journalist. He sat as an independent MEP until 2014, when he ended his term in office. Picture: REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
7/8 2014: European election success
Ukip got a higher proportion of the vote than any other party in 2014's European elections, adding 11 new MEPs and taking its total to 24. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
8/8 2014: Carswell defects
Douglas Carswell defected from Ukip at the end of August, and was followed by Mark Reckless at the end of September, who resigned from the Tories amid rumours of many more defections to come. Picture: REUTERS/Toby Melville