Former UKIP leader and key leave campaigner, Nigel Farage has stated that he is close to supporting a second referendum on EU membership to shut up ‘remoaners’ once and for all.
Nigel Farage has said that while he currently does not support the idea of a second EU referendum he is warming to the idea as the likes of Tony Blair, Nick Clegg and Lord Adonis will “never ever, ever, give up” whinging and moaning.
In June 2016 Mr Farage celebrated as the British public chose to leave the European Union in a referendum, with leave receiving 51.9% of the vote.
Since the referendum result, “Brexit” has dominated UK news and politics and remains an incredibly divisive issue. Many remain campaigners continue to make the case for remaining in the European Union amidst fears that it will lead to economic ruin. Remainers also point to a lack of understanding of key issues at the time of the vote and that now the negotiations are underway and the public start to get a better picture of what Brexit will look like, they should be able to vote again in case they have changed their minds.
Nigel Farage has become increasingly frustrated with so-called “remoaners”, accusing them of being unpatriotic, frustrating the UK government’s ability to negotiate the best Brexit deal and not respecting the democratic will of the public.
On Channel 5’s ‘The Wright Stuff’, Farage said he had become so fed up of people like Tony Blair, Nick Clegg and Lord Adonis who have consistently argued for a second EU referendum, he is almost tempted to support the idea as he believes it would kill off the remain campaign for a generation. Farage is confident that a second referendum would result in an increased margin of victory for leave.
Arron Banks co-founder of leave.EU campaign group said that a second referendum would allow the people to show their true support for Brexit and prove to the government that the public want a hard Brexit. However, UKIP has dismissed the idea of a second referendum and the downing street has also ruled the idea out.
UKIP MEPs have tweeted dismissing Farage’s comments, believing they play into the remain campaign’s hands and were quick to state that the EU referendum was a once in a lifetime vote. Former UKIP deputy chairman called the comments “epically stupid” and an open goal for the remain campaign.
Prominent remainer, Labour MP Chuka Umunna responded by saying “for perhaps the first time in his life, Nigel Farage is making a valid point. In a democracy like ours, the British people have every right to keep an open mind about Brexit.”
Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesperson, Tom Brake said Farage shouldn’t be so confident now that people are more aware of the costs of Brexit.
Speaking on his radio show on LBC, Farage said that Brexiters should be prepared for “one last battle”. Farage counts more tory rebels than Labour Brexiteers ready to defy their own side and the leave campaign must not get complacent as he believes the final Brexit bill may be rejected by parliament.