Nigel Farage after UKIP exit: I want my life back

Jul 05, 2016, 08:32 IST | Agencies

One of Brexit campaign’s most prominent voices has quit his anti-immigrant party UKIP because he ‘wants his life back’

London: Nigel Farage, who campaigned for Britain to leave the European Union, yesterday quit as the leader of the anti-immigrant UKIP party, saying he wanted his "life back" as he has fulfilled his political ambition of 'Brexit.'

Nigel Farage
Nigel Farage

Farage, 52, said he has done his bit for the cause of Britain leaving the 28-member economic bloc. "I have never been and never wanted to be a career politician," said Farage, who was elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for UK Independence Party in 1999. "I now feel that I've done my bit, that I couldn't possibly achieve more," he said. "I feel it's right that I should now stand aside as leader of UKIP."

He has quit as UKIP leader twice before — in 2009 over party infighting and in 2015 after failing to become an MP. But on both occasions decided to stay. He, however, insisted that, "I won't be changing my mind again, I promise you."

Not naming his successor

Possible candidates to succeed Nigel Farage include Paul Nuttall, Steven Woolfe and Peter Whittle. However, Farage declined to endorse anyone successor, saying: “May the best man or woman win.”

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