A new vote on the issue of Brexit will “kill it off” for a generation, claims Nigel Farage.
The former UKIP leader said he was considering a second referendum as a means to settle disputes surrounding the first referendum result. He also claimed that those who would vote ‘Leave’ would be higher than the 52% who voted last time.
EXCLUSIVE – Nigel Farage says “just maybe I’m reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum on EU membership”.@Nigel_Farage | @Matthew_Wright | #wrightstuff pic.twitter.com/T0fROToskr
— The Wright Stuff (@5WrightStuff) January 11, 2018
“What is for certain is the Cleggs, the Blairs, the Adonises will never ever ever give up. They will keep on whingeing and whining and moaning all the way through this process… I’m [maybe] reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum.”
“I think if we have a second referendum on EU membership we’d kill it off for a generation, the percentage that would vote to leave next time would be very much bigger.”
Farage had previously criticised politicians who were arguing for a second referendum. On Monday he called the former Labour politician, Andrew Adonis, a “twisting little weasel” for suggesting there should be a vote on the exit deal.
UKIP donor Arron Banks has also said he backs a second referendum as “the only option.”
The claim, which some have described as a U-turn, has created a storm on social media:
I agree with Nigel.
— Nick Clegg (@nick_clegg) January 11, 2018
In response, Adonis has interpreted Farage’s suggestion of a second referendum as a call for a vote on the exit deal:
So Nigel Farage wants a referendum on Mrs May’s Brexit deal. I agree. Bring it on!
— Andrew Adonis (@Andrew_Adonis) January 11, 2018
Some saw the funny side:
Nigel Farage calls for a second referendum. Brenda from Bristol responds: pic.twitter.com/6X62gRlDw6
— George Aylett (@GeorgeAylett) January 11, 2018
Downing Street was firm: “There will not be a second referendum.”
At a conference in Brussels earlier this week, EU President Jean-Claude Juncker said he didn’t believe a second referendum was very likely.
(Photo: By Euro Realist Newsletter (flickr.com) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
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