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.
Maybe, just maybe, we should have a second referendum on EU membership. It would kill off the issue for a generation once and for all. https://t.co/FQxniMi5MA
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) January 11, 2018
"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."
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
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."