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Nigel Farage resigns as Ukip leader after 'achieving political ambition' of Brexit


  
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Nigel Farageis stepping down as leader of Ukip, saying he has done his bit for the cause of Britain leaving the EU.

Speaking at a press conference in Westminster, he said it was time to get his life back after successfully campaigning for the UK to vote for Brexit.

“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 bucket list.

Live Brexit 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, he said.

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.





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