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Furious Brexiteers rounded on Nigel Farage today after he dramatically backed a second EU referendum. The former UKIP leader said another vote could be the only way to ‘kill off’ the issue amid relentless resistance from Europhiles like Nick Clegg and Tony Blair.

Speaking on Channel 5’s Wright Stuff, Mr Farage said he thought the result this time would be more decisive, with a bigger victory for Leave. ‘I think if you have a second referendum on EU membership you kill it off for a generation,’ he said. The intervention

sent odds on another national poll tumbling, was hailed by Remainers, and shocked Mr Farage’s allies. He was immediately condemned by Leave supporters from across parties – who jibed that he had either ‘gone mad’ or was ‘chasing headlines’. Fellow UKIP MEP

Patrick O’Flynn said: ‘Nigel will get himself plenty of headlines with his surprising call for a second Brexit referendum. ‘But he is as wrong about it as Cable, Blair etc are.We had a once in a generation vote and the Govt’s job is to implement the decision. ‘ Tory MP

Crispin Blunt told Mail Online: ‘Has he gone mad? My instinctive view is that he appears to have become deranged. ‘The people have taken the decision, they have taken the decision for the next 40 years if it’s the parallel to the 1975 referendum. ‘They are not

taking a decision for next week that needs to be pored over and re-examined and for another opportunity for people to say it again. ‘I just think if that’s his position it’s daft.’

Labour MP John Mann said: ‘The public has no interest in another referendum – it would be just a soap opera with second rate actors. Let’s get on with the democratic mandate

we have been given.’ Bill Cash, another long-term Tory Eurosceptic, said: ‘We have got the referendum, we have got the vote. This is set in concrete.’This is what Parliament

authorised.This is what the people have decided. We have got the referendum through by a substantial majority.Full stop.’ Former Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith told Mail

Online: ‘It is ridiculous. ‘He has been moaning that he has got nothing out of the vote and he is such a preposterous self-publicist. ‘He doesn’t get much coverage any more, nobody

is really interested in what he has to say , he has slipped off the radar. ‘ Mr Farage has been highly critical of the way Theresa May is handling the negotiations with the EU,

describing last month’s divorce deal as a ‘betrayal’. Speaking about the prospect of another vote, Mr Farage said his mind was being changed by the relentless brickbats from Remainers. ‘What is for certain is that the Cleggs, the Blairs, the Adonises will never, ever, ever give up,’ he said. ‘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. ‘ Mr Farage suggested another referendum would have to be in-out again as ‘multiple choice’ would ‘confuse people’. ‘The percentag