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Ukip leader Nigel Farage says a second Brexit referendum should be called if first is close

David Cameron at a Remain campaign event in his Witney constituency in Oxfordshire, where he warned a vote to leave the EU could tip the British economy back into recession
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NIGEL Farage has said a narrow victory for the remain campaign in the EU referendum would cause "resentment" in sections of the Conservative Party.

The Ukip leader tried to play down claims he will campaign for a second vote if there is a close result at the polls next month, insisting he felt Britain would still opt to leave the EU.

His comments come after he was quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying a tight vote to stay in Europe would leave "unfinished business".

He told BBC Breakfast: "I believe we're going to win this referendum, why? Because there's far more passion on the leave side of the argument.

"Leave voters are much more likely on June 23 to go down to their local primary school and vote, so I think we are going to win.

"If we were to lose narrowly, then what I can see is a large section – particularly in the Conservative Party – who feel the prime minister is not playing fair, that the remain side is using way more money than the leave side and there would be a resentment that will build up if that were to be the result."

Mr Farage is scheduled to appear opposite David Cameron on an ITV debate ahead of the vote next month, a decision which was condemned by the Vote Leave camp as a "stitch up".

The latest poll by the Daily Telegraph has suggested the weight of public opinion is behind remaining in the EU, with 51 per cent of people wanting to stay, while 45 per cent would vote to leave – a 1 per cent drop since their last poll in April.

The long-time Eurosceptic denied that his suggestion he would fight for a second referendum would only serve to further stoke tensions in the leave campaign.

He said: "I'm not putting it on the agenda, I don't want a second referendum – I want to win this one."

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