Nigel Farage Says He Supports Second Brexit Referendum

Nigel Farage has kept himself busy in the 18 months since the UK public shocked their Continental brethren and voted to leave the European Union - setting in motion a drama that it is on the verge of a breakdown as the UK has threatened to walk away from negotiations with the EU without a deal.

Aside from representing Southeast England in the European Parliament, Farage has written  editorials accusing UK Prime Minister Theresa May of trying to sabotage Brexit, claiming that she’s a remainer at heart.

Indeed, as calls for abandoning the Brexit process grow, Farage threw its critics a curveball on Thursday when he tweeted that he would support a second Brexit referendum.

Of course, Farage believes that the “Leave” campaign would repeat its previous victory, settling the issue for a generation.

 

 

"I think if we had a second referendum on EU membership we’d kill it off for a generation," Farage said on Channel Five chat show The Wright Stuff Thursday. "The percentage that would vote to leave next time would be very much bigger than it was last time."

 

 

Farage slammed “the Blairs and the Cleggs” and their allies who have become more outspoken in recent weeks.

"They will go on whingeing and whining the whole way through this process," he said.

According to Bloomberg, half of Britons support a referendum on the final Brexit deal that the UK reaches with the EU. Another study showed this month that 78% of the opposition Labour Party’s members want a second referendum, although among Conservatives that figure is just 14%. Surveys of how Britons would vote today inevitably favor the remain camp...though polls projected a similar outcome the first time around and look what happened.

Jeremy Corbyn and the rest of Labor’s leadership aren’t calling for a second vote now, saying that to do so would undermine Britain’s negotiating position.

Despite Farage’s criticisms, May has ruled out another vote, saying said such a move would be a "betrayal" of the 52% of Britons who’d voted for Brexit. Her spokesman James Slack said Thursday "we will not be having a second referendum."

Comments

fx Dead Canary Jan 12, 2018 3:26 AM Permalink

Until today I thought Farage was smart. But what's this nonsense? A second referendum will likely result in Bremain, not Brexit, because this time the smombies and pokemon loving Millenials will come out of their couches and beds and party locations in droves and vote for Bremain.

Is Farage getting cold feet? Or is he really that clueless about the mind of the majority of his fellow britons right now?

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kellys_eye fx Jan 12, 2018 4:04 AM Permalink

Farage wasn't asking for a second election - he was speculating on what would happen if we did have one.

This is to shut up the likes of Blair, Adonis and Heseltine who claim that the public are getting cold feet over the issue.

Here on the ground the feelings are quite the opposite - we're 'digging in our heels' and Farage is correct..... IF we had a second election the result would be greater for a leave vote.

 

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Scuba Steve vato poco Jan 12, 2018 9:30 AM Permalink

Because Farage is playing the long game ... he knows those in shadows do not want their transgressions dragged out in public further now Trump has won and more unmaskings occur.

If a 2nd referendum occurs wow, what a circus and coming out party it would be ... and Trump would be fanning the flames.

Interesting play by ol Nigel really ...

jmo.

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Blackfox edotabin Jan 12, 2018 3:06 AM Permalink

Last year the UK had almost one million migrants come to it's shores (population 65 million).

The delaying tactic currently being used by Teresa May for Brexit is to buy time to get enough migrants in and then give them the vote. Remember Brexit was a close call by a few million votes. Every year that passes more old people pass away (Brexit voters)

and more immigrants come to live here. I do believe Nigel see's this tactic and is trying to get another Referendum on it ASAP rather then wait till the inevitable 2020 referendum etc. 

Brexit aint gonna ever happen on one vote, or two for that matter. Remember what they did to Ireland with their referendums?

It's going to lead to civil war anyhow, much regards - an Englishman.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/refugees-vote-scotland-el…

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man of Wool edotabin Jan 12, 2018 4:05 AM Permalink

52% is not enough. It split the country not made a decision. There wasn't a serious debate because Brexit was not meant to succeed. The current government and many of the people who voted for brexit do not know what it means. Ask 50 people and you will get 50 different versions.  The government does not know what it wants. 

Have another referendum and work it out and then decide what is Brexit and do people want it. 

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Ex-Oligarch BrownCoat Jan 12, 2018 1:30 PM Permalink

Remain spent months screaming that Brexit would lead to immediate chaos, destruction, cats laying down with dogs, etc., as Britain was expelled from European civilization and shunned as a retrograde barbarian throwback.  

Some citizens believed this line of speculation and voted Remain.

Then in the days following the election, Remain doubled down and pointed to every corner store closure as evidence of the economic destruction brought by the vote. 

And yet, no apocalypse arrived.

Nigel may be right:  would those who voted Remain based on over-hyped, baseless fears really do so again? 

 

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philipat Jan 12, 2018 2:53 AM Permalink

Brexit means Brexit. OK. Just fucking get on with it and walk away from the negotiations if Brussels continues to shovel the arrogant crap. WTO trade terms are not so onerous that UK actually NEEDS a deal (especially if it involves being extorted for Billions) and it is obvious by now that the Banks will NOT move to Frankfurt. Even if some of them did, the over-dependence on The City is not a good thing and a re-balancing of the economy would be a good thing longer-term.

OverTheHedge are we there yet Jan 12, 2018 3:05 AM Permalink

And why not? Here's the entire list of referenda, just for fun:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Referendums_related_to_the_European_Union

A surprising number of countries had to be scared in to redoing things, but a surprising number have kept their integrity. Even more interesting is that the losing votes seem to be increasing - things seem to be on a downward trend.

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css1971 Jan 12, 2018 2:58 AM Permalink

He's trying to put pressure on the Conservative government, who are in favour of membership of the EU, and who are caving on everything.

Seems risky to me though. Maybe he knows something not generally in the public domain.

OverTheHedge css1971 Jan 12, 2018 3:14 AM Permalink

The right-wing support the entrenched status quo, who fear change, and don't want the cost of changing markets and losing out on their already achieved monopolistic positions.

The left wing support the centralised government principles of the EU, and don't  want to leave for idealogical reasons, but also because they may lose their gravy train.

At no point do the people get anyone to represent what THEY want, and why should they? It's not as if the system is run for their benefit.

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Thoresen OverTheHedge Jan 12, 2018 3:31 AM Permalink

Farage  knows that the established politicians of all parties dislike him, so this move pushes them all towards getting on with Brexit without a second referendum. Parties like the Liberal Democrats who want a referendum suddenly find themselves supporting a  Farage proposal, even though they hate him. A second referendum would resurrect the need for UKIP. 

All theatre. We will leave the EU in name only... the Irish border issue will dictate equalisation of tariffs and free cross border movement of people. The only way Brexit can work is for Ireland to also leave the EU.

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Greed is King OverTheHedge Jan 12, 2018 4:58 AM Permalink

That`s Democracy for you; everyone wants it, as long as it suits their purpose, but when it does`nt it becomes an unnecessary nuisance to be ignored or overruled. Which just about sums up the Remain in the EU lobby; I`m not sure whether or not they understand that their demands equate to the Political dogma known as Fascism, perhaps they would be much happier in a country ruled by a Fascist Dictator. Then again, are`nt we all already living under Fascist Dictators ?.

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Observingmen Jan 12, 2018 3:16 AM Permalink

This little cunt has been criticising the Brexit process from day one because he wasn't involved. Now he has played right into the hands of Blair, Clegg and the rest of them whose plan has always been to drag it out and wear leave voters down until they agreed to a second referendum. Given his craven surrender speech on the eve of the referendum result, I honestly believe he's happiest acting the clown in the EU parliament and can't imagine a future without it.

hibou-Owl Jan 12, 2018 3:39 AM Permalink

Ive worked with a lot of pommes and they are full of yap, and not much do!

This shit won't stop, it's in their nature.  The issue will  be how much DO they get done before times up.  If they loose the EU market free access, they're in for a hard road. Especially the farmers who will scrabble about support, and loose the market.