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Brexit advocate Farage warns there could be riots if EU exit is blocked

Nigel Farage
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Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage, the interim leader of the U.K. Independence Party, has warned of civil unrest in Britain if citizens feel they have been "cheated" over the result of the Brexit referendum.

"Believe you me, if the people in this country think they're going to be cheated, they're going to be betrayed, then we will see political anger the likes of which none of us in our lifetimes have ever witnessed in this country," he told the BBC on Sunday morning.

The Brexit campaigner agreed there would be a real danger of disturbance in the streets. He called on Brexit backers to "get even" via peaceful protests, adding that lawmakers that want to "overturn this process" should not be supported. Watch the interview with the BBC here.

His comments come after a court ruled Thursday that the entire U.K. parliament must vote on whether the country can start the process of leaving the European Union.

This has dealt a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, who had argued that the government on its own could trigger "Article 50" and start the divorce with the European Union. May's stance had led to concerns that lawmakers at the heart of the U.K. government would opt and force through a so-called "hard Brexit" without the consent of parliament.

A "hard Brexit" scenario would likely mean a loss of access to the EU's single market but more control over its immigration policy. Farage has argued against staying a member of this single market and is now concerned that the country is heading for a "half Brexit".