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Pro-Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader, says couldn’t achieve more

Nigel Farage on Monday stepped down as the leader of U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) asserting that he has done his bit for the cause of Britain leaving the EU

India TV News Desk [ Published on: July 04, 2016 17:54 IST ]
Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader
Nigel Farage resigns as UKIP leader

London: Just two weeks after Britons voted to leave the European Union, Nigel Farage on Monday stepped down as the leader of U.K. Independence Party (UKIP) asserting that he has done his bit for the cause of Britain leaving the EU and that he “couldn’t possibly achieve more”. 

Speaking at a press conference in Westminster, Farage said he had never wanted to be a career politician and was standing down. He has had two stints as leader of the Eurosceptic party since 2006, The Independent reported. 

“I now feel that I’ve done my bit, that I couldn’t possibly achieve more,” the 52-year-old added.

“I won’t be changing my mind again, I assure you”. 

“I have decided to stand aside as leader of UKIP. The victory for the 'Leave' side in the referendum means that my political ambition has been achieved. I came into this business because I wanted us to be a self-governing nation, not to become a career politician.," he said. 

“UKIP is in a good position and will continue, with my full support to attract a significant vote."

Farage had previously announced his resignation in May 2015, after he failed to win a seat in the Commons - only to change his mind days later. 

He said he would not be backing a candidate to replace him, saying "may the best man or woman win".

(With IANS inputs)

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