Even Brussels doesn't want another referendum! EU boss says the bloc has 'moved on' as Farage U-turns on his bid for another Brexit vote and poll finds Brits do not want to re-run the contest
- Nigel Farage sparked a backlash among Brexiteers by calling for another vote
- He scrambled to unpick his comments insisting he does not actually want one
- Eurogroup presidnet Jeroen Dijsselbloem said bloc has 'moved on' from the vote
- ComRes poll carried out yesterday found most Brits do not want another vote
An EU boss has dismissed calls for a second Brexit referendum - as Nigel Farage frantically U-turned on his call to hold one.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, president of the Eurogroup - which represents EU countries in the euro - said the bloc has 'moved on' from the vote.
It comes as the Ukip leader tried to dial down his call for another referendum, insisting that he does not want a fresh vote but fears it may be inevitable.
While a snap poll carried out yesterday found that most Britons do not want to have to return to the ballot box for a fresh vote on EU membership.
Speaking to BBC Newsnight last night, Mr Dijsselbloem said: 'The people in the UK have to understand that Brexit is no longer on the front pages in Europe. Its on the front pages in the UK every day, one two and three.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem , president of the Eurogroup - which represents EU countries in the euro - (pictured last night) said the bloc has 'moved on' from the vote
A snap ComRes poll carried out yesterday in the wake of Nigel Farage's call for a second Brexit referendum found that 51 per cent of voters do not want the contest re-run
'We have moved on... there is no drive to re-open this debate.
'I haven't heard anyone in Brussels argue for a second referendum.'
A snap ComRes poll carried out yesterday in the wake of Mr Farage's remarks found that 51 per cent of voters do not want the contest re-run.
In contrast just 43 per cent of voters said they wanted another referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union, while six per cent said they do not know.
The poll of 1,049 people was commissioned by the Daily Mirror, emerged as the former Ukip leader hit the media to insist to that he does not want another vote, despite using a an appearance on live TV yesterday to suggest there should be one.
As he scrambled to play down his remarks last night, Mr Farage described the Brexit referendum as the 'greatest democratic exercise in the history of our nation'.
But he said he feared a second referendum may well be inevitable.
'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,' he wrote on the Daily Telegraph.
'Here's why. My meeting with Mr (Michel) Barnier earlier this week left me in no doubt that a grown-up, rounded trade agreement to cover both goods and services is not possible thanks to the truculence of most of the bureaucrats who run the EU.'
The ex Ukip leader, who met with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Mr Barnier this week, said he has become convinced Brussels is determined to give the UK a bad deal to punish the country for quitting the bloc.
He said: 'I am convinced that the European Union will end up offering a deal to us that is so unattractive that the British Parliament will reject it.
UKIP leader Henry Bolton told the BBC's Daily Politics Mr Farage had now clarified that he had 'misspoken' and only intended to recognise the possibility of a referendum happening, instead of endorsing one
Mr Farage has been scrambling to play down remarks on Channel 5's Wright Stuff yesterday
'In those circumstances - which may well come before the end of this year - the Eurosceptic hope is that we would simply crash out of the EU on WTO rules. That looks like a fantasy, however.
'To be clear, I do not want a second referendum, but I fear one may be forced upon the country by Parliament. That is how deep my distrust is for career politicians.
'This poses a big question for Leavers. Do we stick with the view that the result will stand or acknowledge the fact that we face this potential threat?'
But new Ukip leader Henry Bolton today admitted that Mr Farage has raised the chances of another Brexit referendum being held.
Mr Bolton told the BBC's Daily Politics Mr Farage had now clarified that he had 'misspoken' and only intended to recognise the possibility of a referendum happening, instead of endorsing one.
Henry Bolton was being grilled by the BBC's Jo Coburn on the political programme today
'We might well be confronted with it in the future,' Mr Bolton said. 'We would win it hands down - we are not worried about that.'
But he said there should not be another referendum because it was unnecessary and would undermine public faith in democracy.
Brexiteers yesterday told the Mail Online branded his comments were 'mad' and said that the British people do not want another vote on membership of the EU.
Former Tory party leader Iain Duncan Smith told MailOnline: 'It is ridiculous, 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.'
Asked whether Mr Farage had pushed forward the debate about a second referendum, Mr Bolton said: 'This has raised the prospect of it.'
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