Farage confident Leave would win again in second referendum

27 September 2019, 21:43 | Updated: 27 September 2019, 22:34

Nigel Farage has said he is confident that the Leave vote would win by an even larger margin if a second referendum was called.

Speaking at the Brexit Party conference in London on Friday night, he said: "If we did have to face a second referendum, and provided we were given a proper question with a genuine Leave on the ballot paper, I have absolutely no doubt we would vote to Leave by a bigger margin than we did back in 2016."

Mr Farage's comments were met with cheers from the audience, before he went to say: "But whatever happens, there will not be violent riots on our streets because we have got a well-run, sensible, moderate, democratic party called the Brexit Party.

"People won't riot, they'll come and join the Brexit Party and we'll do this democratically and peacefully".

The party leader added that Britain had become a laughing stock and said he wanted to "re-establish where we should be in the world".

Mr Farage, who founded the party with Catherine Blaiklock in November 2018, also addressed the debate over Boris Johnson's use of "inflammatory language", with Jeremy Corbyn saying the prime minister was encouraging people to act in "disgraceful and abusive ways" towards MPs.

He said that senior figures in British society who "simply do not accept" the 2016 referendum result have said that "Brexiteers are basically stupid" and are "somehow a low sub-species than they are".

Mr Farage added: "They have a moral superiority and believe that they are better people than us - and that is where I believe the strong language and bad behaviour begins."

When referencing "talk about the temperature of political debate", Mr Farage mentioned John Bercow, Tony Blair and John Major - all of whom were booed by the audience - before going on to describe Change UK leader Anna Soubry as the "least popular figure with Leave voters".

Mr Farage then questioned if Mr Johnson is "really, truly a genuine Brexiteer" and warned his party members: "Do not trust the Conservative Party."

He said that, if Mr Johnson campaigned for a no-deal Brexit, the Brexit Party would sign a "non aggression pact" with the Conservatives in a general election.

Earlier this month, Mr Farage used a newspaper advert to set out how he would not stand candidates against the Conservatives in some areas if the prime minister committed to a "clean-break Brexit".

Under the terms of the offer, the Brexit Party would not contest seats at a general election in areas where the Tories were competing against the Liberal Democrats or other Remain-backing parties.

Speaking to Sky News ahead of his party conference speech, Mr Farage said of Mr Johnson: "It's good to hear that a prime minister that is optimistic - but actually Boris Johnson is taking a wrong turn.

"He's trying to reheat Theresa May's failed deal, and that is not Brexit. So we're the only ones that believe in it and we've got to fight for it."