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Farage: second Brexit referendum would show even bigger "leave" majority


Reuters
Updated: 16-01-2019 14:29 IST
Farage: second Brexit referendum would show even bigger "leave" majority

Britain would again decide to leave the European Union if a second referendum were to be held on membership of the bloc, former United Kingdom Independence Party leader Nigel Farage said on Wednesday, adding the "leave" vote would be even bigger.

In 2016, Britain voted in a referendum to leave the 28-nation EU, but the British parliament on Tuesday decisively rejected a withdrawal treaty negotiated with Brussels over two years. Some British parliamentarians want a second referendum, believing it would show Britons now wanted to stay.

"The British may be a very placid people, very laid back but I promise you: if they get pushed too far it's a lion that will roar. We will be even more defiant if we have to fight a second referendum and we will win it by a bigger majority," Farage said. (Reporting By Jan Strupczewski, Clare Roth and Philip Blenkinsop)


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