Nigel Farage stands down from UKIP leadership

Nigel Farage stands down from UKIP leadership
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Mr Farage said his “political ambition has been achieved” with the UK having voted to leave the EU.

He said the party was in a “pretty good place” and said he would not change his mind about quitting as he did after the 2015 general election.

Leading UKIP was “tough at times” but “all worth it” said Mr Farage, who is also an MEP. He added that the UK needed a “Brexit prime minister”.

Mr Farage said the party would campaign against “backsliding” on the UK’s exit from the EU, saying he planned to see out his term in the European Parliament – describing his party as “the turkeys that voted for Christmas”. …

Mr Farage announced his decision to stand aside in a speech in London, saying: “I want my life back, and it begins right now.” …

He said he would quit after failing to win his seat at last year’s general election, but stayed on after the party rejected his resignation.

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