While preparing for leaving the European Union, the death penalty has come to the fore in Brexit Britain. The far-right U.K. Independence Party's leadership frontrunner called for a national referendum to bring back the death penalty for child killers and capital punishment.
The former UKIP deputy leader and would-be leader Paul Nuttall stated that the majority of British people would support the death penalty if a referendum was held, the Express reported.
The move would make Britain the second country in Europe with a legislated death penalty after Belarus.
In a shock referendum result, Britain voted on June 23 to leave the 28-nation European Union. The anti-EU party was instrumental in getting Britain to vote to leave the bloc.
The U.K. Independence Party was thrown into further turmoil last month with the resignation from the party of its favorite for the leadership, Steven Woolfe, who branded the party "ungovernable" without Nigel Farage. Woolfe's decision to quit UKIP followed him being hospitalized earlier in October after an altercation at the European Parliament in which he claimed he was hit by a fellow party politician.
The anti-EU party won 12.6 percent of the vote in the 2015 election and gained an international platform this year with its role in securing the leave vote in the referendum. The "Leave" victory was driven in large part by worries about immigration, economic uncertainty and a perception that an out-of-touch Brussels elite was making the rules.
Britain has seen a growing trend of far-right political parties and groups. Increasing concern over the burgeoning number of immigrants living in the country has led to an increase in votes for the anti-EU and the anti-immigration UKIP over the past year.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said early October that she will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty - which sets the rules for a two-year negotiating process for a nation leaving the EU - by the end of March. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the BBC that his government will pursue a "full Brexit," apparently implying that it will not try to remain in the EU single market.
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