Nigel Farage backs second Brexit referendum to "kill off" debate

Former UKIP leader and current MEP Nigel Farage speaks with the media outside EU headquarters in Brussels

Talk of a second referendum - long favoured by Remain backers - has come to the fore in recent days after Nigel Farage, one of the architects of Brexit, said he believed there is now an argument to say one should be held.

Mr Hamilton joked that referendums on European Union membership could become "an annual event", but stressed: "We voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, no ifs or buts, it was a yes or no vote and the people voted to leave".

Mr Farage, who- like many Leave campaigners- has accused those wishing for a second referendum of sour grapes, appeared to change his mind during a television interview on Thursday.

Nigel Farage said the second vote may send former Prime Minister Tony Blair into "total obscurity". They will go on whingeing, and whining, and moaning.

In a statement, Downing Street said: "We will not be having a second referendum".

Opinion polls suggest Britons remain roughly evenly divided on the subject. Another study showed this month that 78 percent of the opposition Labour Party's members want a second plebiscite, although among Conservatives the figure is just 14 percent. Unless you want to have a multiple-choice referendum which would confuse people.

Mr Farage was hailed by opponents after his dramatic intervention on Channel Five's The Wright Stuff.

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Labour MP Chuka Umunna, an advocate of the Open Britain campaign, said: "For perhaps the first time in his life, Nigel Farage is making a valid point".

Farage had previously criticised politicians who were arguing for a second referendum.

That bitterness - along with the feeling that exit negotiations with the European Union are not playing out in favor of the United Kingdom - has prompted some key "remain" supporters, including former prime minister Tony Blair, to call for a second vote.

UKIP said they were still opposed to a second referendum, although party leader Henry Bolton said he was confident Brexit would win by a bigger margin.

Clegg, the former deputy prime minister and Lib Dem leader, tweeted: "I agree with Nigel".

Mark Malloch Brown, a peer who chairs the Best for Britain campaign, said another referendum was "something that the country needs".

Prominent Remainers backed calls for a fresh vote and told Mr Farage to "bring it on".

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