One month before the 2016 Brexit referendum, Nigel Farage, who favored Brexit, was quoted arguing that a close result would leave "unfinished business":

Farage told the Mirror: “In a 52-48 referendum this would be unfinished business by a long way. If the remain campaign win two-thirds to one-third that ends it.”

The referendum result was 52-48, but on the "leave" side of the knife-edge.

Two days after the referendum, he was quoted arguing against another referendum:

But they [petition signers] were snubbed by Nigel Farage, who told the Sunday Mirror: “It’s the last thing I want to see. It’s not a game of the best of three.”

Has Farage addressed his earlier "Unfinished Business" quote?

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    I seem to recall Farage actually supported a second referendum (obviously in the hopes that a new vote for Brexit would settle the issue more definitively) at some point in the last 12 months or so. Don't know if he does now,
    – Relaxed
    Feb 28, 2019 at 22:40
  • Please see my comments below. As of 2019 Feb 28 Farage is against a second referendum.
    – H2ONaCl
    Mar 1, 2019 at 21:44

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I'm not aware that Nigel Farage was ever asked about this specific quote, but he has expressed his opinion about a second referendum a few times recently:

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    In Farage's LBC broadcast of 2019 Feb 28 Farage said a second referendum would be "an outrage" and he said "I don't see much demand for it". The YouGov poll ending on 2019 Jan 4 has second referendum support at 41 / 36 / 22 (3-ways: support/oppose/neither) so Farage seems disingenuous because he obviously keeps an eye on YouGov. Farage is very fond of pointing out that there is only 8% support for a second referendum in what he presented as a 5-way poll but was actually a 7-way poll.
    – H2ONaCl
    Mar 1, 2019 at 4:34
  • Timestamp 8:08 youtube.com/watch?v=ONK654dN9a4
    – H2ONaCl
    Mar 1, 2019 at 4:54
  • @H2ONaCl Thanks, I added this to my answer, hope that's ok? Also I couldn't find the results of the poll you mention, do you have a source?
    – Erwan
    Mar 1, 2019 at 11:05
  • The 2019 Jan 4 second referendum poll is from on Wikipedia. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… I believe both polls are on the YouGov website but you need to scroll back a few weeks.
    – H2ONaCl
    Mar 1, 2019 at 21:27
  • There may be newer polls but since you asked for it, here is the link to the 2019 Jan 8 result with the second referendum getting a 8% result in a 7-way poll. See page 3. d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/… Both polls are from YouGov so it seems Farage monitors YouGov.
    – H2ONaCl
    Mar 1, 2019 at 23:21

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