Sunday 23 September 2018

Nigel Farage warming to the idea of second Brexit referendum in the UK

Nigel Farage Photo: Victoria Jones/PA
Nigel Farage Photo: Victoria Jones/PA
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Thursday he was warming to the idea of holding a second referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, arguing that another vote would see "Leave" win again and end the debate.

"Maybe, just maybe, I'm reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum ... on EU membership," Farage told Channel Five's "The Wright Stuff" show.

"I think if we had 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 than it was last time round."

Farage, a former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), was a key figure in both the decision to hold a referendum in 2016, and the shock 52 to 48 percent outcome in favour of leaving.

Britons remain divided over the leaving the EU, with some, including former Labour prime minister Tony Blair saying the decision should be overturned. A number of lawmakers are arguing for a second public vote on the terms of the exit deal.

However UK Prime Minister Theresa May will not hold a second referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, her spokesman said on Thursday in response to growing calls for a new vote on Brexit.

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