Nigel Farage resigns as head of the UK Independence Party

2016-07-04 11:26
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London - Eurosceptic MEP Nigel Farage, a major driving force behind Britain's vote to leave the European Union, on Monday stepped down as leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP).

"I have decided to stand aside as leader of UKIP," he told a London press conference. "The victory for the 'Leave' side in the referendum means that my political ambition has been achieved."

Farage told supporters that he's "done my bit" following the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU.

He said that the party was in a "pretty good place" and said he would not change his mind about quitting as he did in 2009 over party infighting and again in 2015 after failing to become an MP, but on both occasions decided to stay.

He insisted that "I won't be changing my mind again, I promise you".

"Tough though it has been at times it has definitely all been worth it", he says, saying he has never wanted to be a career politician.

“It has been a huge chunk of my life doing this and it’s not easy – perhaps when you feel a degree of ownership of something – to let it go. But it has come at a cost to me and perhaps to those around me," he said.

"During the referendum campaign I said I want my country back. But what I’m saying today is I want my life back.”

The 52-year-old said that whoever succeeded David Cameron as prime minister should be a long-time Brexit campaigner and vowed to scrutinise negotiations over Britain's departure from the EU.

Farage said he will retain his seat in the European Parliament to see out the negotiations for Britain's exit from the EU following the country's June 23 vote to leave the bloc.

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