Nigel Farage calls for 23 June annual bank holiday to celebrate Brexit

Posted On: 
24th June 2016

Jubilant Nigel Farage has called for June 23 to become a bank holiday in Britain, dubbed 'Independence Day', after the nation voted to quit the EU.

Nigel Farage called for 23 June to be a national bank holiday
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The Ukip leader said the UK had “had the guts to do the right thing” after some 52% of voters opted to leave the bloc compared to 48% voting to remain.

Speaking outside the Houses of Parliament this morning he said a “Brexit government” should be appointed to negotiate the nation’s trade relationship with the EU.

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And he added: “The other thing I think that needs to happen is that 23 June needs to become a national bank holiday and we should call it ‘Independence Day’.”

Mr Farage argued the vote was a “victory for ordinary people” and that he was proud of them for “having the courage in the face of all the threats, to stand up and have the guts to do the right thing”.

He went on: “The EU is failing, the EU is dying. I hope we have knocked the first brick out of the wall.

“I hope this is the first step towards a Europe of sovereign nation states trading together, neighbours together, friends together, but without the flags, anthems or useless old presidents.”

The results of the referendum showed England and Wales voting strongly for Brexit, but London, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed staying in the EU.

Leave won the support of large numbers of traditional Labour voters in the party's northern heartlands.

Even though Scotland and inner city London overwhelmingly backed Remain, major cities like Sunderland, Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield all voted to quit the EU.

Based on a confirmed electorate of 46,500,001 turnout at the referendum was 72.2%