Farage says he might support new European Union membership referendum

Adjust Comment Print

Last month Mr Farage raised eyebrows when he said he was "skint" at 53 years old, despite being entitled to the £90,000-a-year MEPs' salary and living in a £4 million townhouse.

Despite quitting as leader of UKIP, Farage has kept a high profile and earlier this week met EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels.

Mr Farage, who remains a South East MEP, said that a second vote would kill off opposition to leaving, claiming "the percentage that would vote to leave next time would be very much bigger than it was last time round".

The former Ukip leader revealed he has become increasingly anxious the victorious Leave campaign had stopped making their case to exit the European Union and claimed Brexiteers are now outnumbered in Parliament.


Maajid said "Nick Clegg agrees with Nigel".

"It is a nonsense - we have had a referendum".

Europhiles seized on the remarks, which Mr Farage later backtracked on, hailing them as a "game changer" in their crusade to keep Britain in the EU. It is patronising for people to be told they didn't understand what they were voting for.

A spokesperson for the European Parliament authorities said she could not officially confirm the situation regarding Mr Farage's salary. He is ranked 748 out of 751 MEPs and has taken part in only 37% of votes in the current parliamentary session, according to VoteWatch Europe. It sounds like he's trying to get back into the headlines again.


Writing in, he said: 'While I want the 2016 referendum result to be honoured, however, and know that a second referendum would create huge uncertainties for Britain, I am beginning to fear that a second plebiscite may well happen anyway.

"But politics does make odd bed fellows and that's where we are", he added.

However, UKIP leader Henry Bolton said the idea of a second referendum was not party policy, claiming it could be "damaging to the nation". "He was illustrating the point that if the government forces one, then it would give us the opportunity to decisively put it to bed".

When approached for comment, Mr Farage told the Telegraph he was a victim of "arbitrary law".


Comments