“During the the referendum I said I wanted my
country back … now I want my life back,” Farage said on Monday.
It is the third time he has resigned as Ukip leader, but he ruled out coming
back again in the future and claimed standing as an MP was no longer on his
live: Nigel Farage resigns as Ukip leader saying 'I want my life back'
Farage, 52, was originally leader from 2006 to
2009 and came back to the job after the 2010 election. He then stepped down
after the 2015 election, only to “unresign” and return to fight the campaign to
leave the EU.
Farage on Monday insisted this resignation was
for good but raised the prospect of taking some role in negotiating Britain’s
exit from the EU, saying he “might have something to give”.
He said Ukip was instrumental in winning the
referendum for the leave campaign and insisted it would continue as a party in
its current form. Part of Ukip’s role in future would be to stop “weakness or
appeasement from the British government” when it comes to negotiating Brexit,
Farage said it would not be easy to let go as
he feels “part ownership of the Ukip brand” but it was the right time to leave.
The race will now begin to find a successor,
with possible candidates including deputy leader Paul Nuttall, immigration
spokesman Steven Woolfe, culture spokesman Peter Whittle,Suzanne Evans, who is currently suspended, or
the party’s only MP,Douglas Carswell.