The nationalist UKIP leader Nigel Farage is one of many contributors (perhaps of the more controversial contributors) over the years to campaign for UK independence from the EU. After just a few weeks after the EU Referendum outcome which saw the UK exit from the EU, Nigel Farage has today stood down from his UKIP leadership role.
In his speech, Mr Farage said his “political ambition has been achieved” with the UK having voted to leave the EU.
The BBC have quoted to say Farage outlined 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.
Furthermore, he said 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”.
He said his party’s “greatest potential” lay in attracting Labour voters. He will not be backing any particular candidate to replace him.
Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall and Douglas Carswell MP are favourites to take over the UKIP leadership role.
Mr Farage finished by announcing his decision to stand aside in a speech in London, saying: “I want my life back, and it begins right now.”
He has been leader of UKIP for most of the past eight years, standing down briefly in 2009 and being re-elected the following year.
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