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UKIP call for hung parliament in 2010 general election

Nigel Farage
UKIP is hoping to double its share of the vote on 6 May

A full referendum on Europe would be the price of UKIP working with another party in the event of a hung parliament, Nigel Farage has said.

He told the BBC's Daily Politics show his party would work with either Labour or the Conservatives "if they were saying some sensible things".

But he said he did not want the Tories to win overall control.

He called for a hung parliament and electoral reform which would lead to a "realignment of British politics".

Mr Farage said: "The price of UKIP MPs working with anybody would be that the British people get what they so richly deserve, a full, free and fair referendum so that they can decide their future, not have it decided for them by career politicians."

Electoral reform

He claimed there was an agreement between "the three tired old parties" to not talk about the issue.

"The fact is, most of our laws are now made in Brussels, we are voting in this election for a change in management, not for a change of government," he said.

"If we have a hung parliament, if we have electoral reform, then we will see a realignment of British politics and there would then be a major political party that people who believe in our sovereignty, who believe in controlling our borders, will be able to vote for."

And he denied that his party was more closely aligned with the Tories.

"David Cameron has abandoned Tory party policy on fishing, taking back our fishing grounds and he has said he will not have a referendum in the course of the next five years and he never wants to have a referendum on our membership of the European Union. It's difficult to see how the country would be any better off under him" he said.

Mr Farage resigned from his position as UKIP leader to challenge Commons Speaker John Bercow in Buckingham.

The party is hoping to double their share of the vote in the election, aiming for 5% across the UK, up from 2.2% in 2005.

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