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Nigel Farage Said A 52-48 Win For Remain Would Be 'Unfinished Business'

Déjà vu anyone?

07/11/2016 20:29 | Updated 07 November 2016

Comments Nigel Farage made before the EU referendum are once again coming back to haunt him.

The former/current/interim Ukip leader said in May that a narrow 52-48% win for Remain side would be “unfinished business” and would prompt him to fight for a second referendum.

The remarks were made in an interview with the Mirror and resurfaced in the days after Farage and the Leave campaign claimed an emphatic victory in the June vote.

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Nigel Farage at the European Council in October.

Leave won by 52-48%.

And in a case of political déjà vu, the remarks are once again circulating in light of Farage’s reaction to the High Court ruling on the triggering of Article 50 last week.

He - along with Aaron Banks and the other Leave campaigns - will march on the Supreme Court on December 5, the likely first day of the new hearing where the government is appealing the decision.

A spokesperson for Farage told the Telegraph: “We will also be launching with all Leave campaigns including members of all political parties a march on the Supreme Court to make a point that ‘Brexit means Brexit’.

They added: “This will remind the Government and politicians, and the establishment including the court, that they cannot ignore the democratic vote of the people in the referendum.”

The irony has not gone unnoticed.

The proposed action comes after Farage clashed with a leading campaigner behind the successful High Court Brexit action.

The MEP conceded that June’s referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU was only ‘advisory’ in principle.

Gina Miller appeared alongside Farage on the BBC’s Andrew Marr programme and told him: “We have a representative democracy, which means they have to go in there and debate, that’s what Parliament’s for.

“That’s what you argued for the whole way through, Parliamentary sovereignty.”

Hinting at plans for the central London rally, Farage added: “We may have seen Bob Geldof and 40,000 people in Parliament Square moaning about Brexit.

“But believe you me if people in this country think that they’re going to be cheated, they’re going to be betrayed, then we will see political anger the likes of which none of us in our lifetimes have ever witnessed in this country.”

Asked by Marr whether that could mean “disturbances in the street”, he replied: “Yeah, I think that’s right.”

The government has confirmed it intends to challenge the High Court’s ruling that parliament must be consulted on plans before Article 50, the process to formally leave the EU, can be triggered.

The court’s ruling prompted a wave of criticism in the printed press, with the judges described as ‘enemies of the people’.

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