Nigel Farage suggests UK may need second Brexit referendum to settle question of EU membership 'for a generation'

Nigel Farage has said the UK may need to hold a second Brexit referendum. 

The former Ukip leader said a second vote would see people back Britain's withdrawal from the European Union in “very much bigger” numbers and that would settle the issue “for a generation”.

Mr Farage said a re-run of June 23, 2016 may be the only way to stop Remainers “whinging and whining” about the result which Leave won by 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

The intervention is likely to spark a political firestorm with politicians on both sides of the debate having been adamant that the result of the original poll should be respected.

Theresa May has previously said a second vote would undermine trust in democracy and amount to “betraying the British people”. 

Nigel Farage, the former Ukip leader Credit: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Speaking to The Wright Stuff on Channel 5 he said: “My mind is actually changing on all this. What is for certain is that the Cleggs, the Blairs the Adonises will never ever ever give up.

“They will go on whinging and whining and moaning all the way through this process.

“So maybe, just maybe, I’m reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum on EU membership…unless you want to have a multiple choice referendum which would confuse people.

“I think that if we had a second referendum on EU membership we would 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.

“And we may just finish the whole thing off. And Blair can disappear off into total obscurity.”

Downing Street immediately rejected the idea of holding another vote.

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said: “We will not be having a second referendum.”

Tony Blair, the former Labour prime minister, Nick Clegg, the former Liberal Democrat leader, and Lord Adonis, the Labour peer, have all been vocal critics of Brexit.

Mr Blair launched a major intervention in the Brexit debate earlier this month as he published a lengthy article setting out his own blueprint for withdrawal in which he also accused Jeremy Corbyn of adopting a have “cake and eat it” approach to the issue which was "mistaken".

He also published a document entitled “What We Now Know” detailing what has been learnt about Brexit since the referendum in 2016.

Meanwhile, Mr Blair was quickly accused by Brexiteers of trying to “sabotage the result of the referendum”.

Lord Adonis described the Brexit vote as a "nationalist spasm" while Mr Clegg has previously called for another referendum. 

Lord Mark Malloch Brown, the chairman of the anti-Brexit organisation Best for Britain, welcomed Mr Farage's comments. 

He said: "A second referendum: my message is clear - bring it on. 

"This is something that the country needs. Every day we see the disaster of Brexit it as we see it's impact on our economy, jobs, communities and our society.

"With these comments Nigel Farage is disowning the chaos that trying to leave the EU has wrought on this country. Him and his Brexiteer allies have zero idea of what would come next."

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