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Nigel Farage has prompted a backlash from fellow Brexiteers after suggesting a second EU referendum should be held to silence "whingeing, whining, moaning" Remainers.
The former UKIP leader tweeted: "Maybe, just maybe, we should have a second referendum on EU membership.
"It would kill off the issue for a generation once and for all."
But his apparent support for a fresh vote on Brexit was condemned by fellow Leave supporters.
UKIP leader Henry Bolton said the party opposes another referendum as it would be "damaging to the nation".
Other prominent UKIP figures also criticised their former party leader's comments, with MEP Gerard Batten suggesting Mr Farage might be guilty of "attention seeking".
Mr Batten, UKIP's Brexit spokesman, told LBC Radio that Mr Farage's "very unhelpful" intervention was "handing something on a plate to our political opponents".
Meanwhile Peter Whittle, a UKIP member of the London Assembly, warned a second referendum would hand a "moral victory" to "anti-democratic remoaners".
Government minister and prominent Leave supporter Steve Baker claimed Mr Farage's remarks were "further confirmation of my long-held view that Nigel Farage is one of the greatest impediments to a successful Brexit".
Mr Farage's tweet followed comments he made on television talk show The Wright Stuff.
He said: "What is for certain is that the Cleggs, the Blairs, the Adonises will never, ever, ever give up.
"They will go on whingeing and whining and moaning all the way through this process.
"So maybe, just maybe, I'm reaching the point of thinking that we should have a second referendum…on EU membership."
The 53-year-old added: "The percentage that would vote to leave next time would be very much bigger than it was last time round.
"We may just finish the whole thing off and (Tony) Blair can disappear off into total obscurity."
Leave.EU campaign co-founder and major UKIP donor Arron Banks backed Mr Farage's call for a second referendum, insisting Leave "would win by a landslide".
"If we do not act radically now, we will sleepwalk into a faux Brexit, in name only," he said.
"True Brexiteers have been backed into a corner and the only option now is to go back to the polls and let the people shout from the rooftops their support of a true Brexit."
In response to Mr Farage's comments, Lord Malloch Brown, who chairs anti-Brexit group Best for Britain, said: "Bring it on."
Lord Brown claimed another vote was something "the country needs", adding: "Every day we see the disaster of Brexit as we see its impact on our economy, jobs, communities and our society.
"With these comments, Nigel Farage is disowning the chaos that trying to leave the EU has wrought on this country."
Another staunch Remainer, Labour MP Chuka Umunna, said: "For perhaps the first time in his life, Nigel Farage is making a valid point.
"In a democracy like ours, the British people have every right to keep an open mind about Brexit."
Meanwhile, in a reference to the 2010 leaders' debate, former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg tweeted: "I agree with Nigel".