Nigel Farage has admitted the Brexit vote could be overturned as Remainers have seized control of the debate over the UK’s future relationship with the European Union.
The former Ukip leader and champion for Brexit said he is worried the Remain camp are free to influence the political debate unchallenged as they have a majority in Parliament.
It comes after he sensationally called for a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU, saying a new vote would “kill off” the debate as the percentage of people who would vote Leave would increase.
Speaking to the Observer, Mr Farage raised his concerns that the Leave operation could lose out on the “historic victory” of leaving the EU unless “we get ourselves organised”.
Before the referendum in June 2016, Mr Farage said there could be unstoppable demand for a second vote in the event of a narrow win for the Remain campaign.
And speaking on Thursday, he said he was coming round to a new vote on the issue in a bid to silence critics such as former PM Tony Blair, former minister Lord Adonis and ex-Deputy PM Nick Clegg who want Brexit to be reversed.
Confirming his revised position this weekend, Mr Farage told the Observer: “I think the Leave side is in danger of not even making the argument.”
He added: “They [the Remain side] have a majority in Parliament, and unless we get ourselves organised we could lose the historic victory that was Brexit.”
It came after a survey of more than 4,000 people by Queen Mary University and YouGov found that the vast majority of Labour, Liberal Democrat and Scottish Nationalist Party voters backed a second EU referendum.
Of Labour voters, more than three-quarters backed a second vote, while 87 per cent of SNP voters and 91 per cent of Lib Dems also wanted a fresh vote.
The Government triggered Article 50 – the legal process formerly triggering Brexit – in March last year, meaning Britain is due to formerly leave the EU in March 2019. However, Lord Kerr, one of the authors of the document, insists Britain can still change its mind and revoke the article beforehand.
Prime Minister Theresa May has previously ruled out holding a second referendum.
Mr Farage’s U-turn also comes ahead of a vital week for the Brexit process in the Commons and as peers in the overwhelmingly pro-Remain House of Lords prepare to argue for retaining close ties with the EU.