Nigel Farage is stepping down as leader of UK Independence Party (Ukip), saying he has done his bit for the cause of Britain leaving the EU.
“During the the referendum I said I wanted my country back … now I want my life back,” he said at a press conference on Monday.
“I now feel that I’ve done my bit, that I couldn’t possibly achieve more…. 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.
Ukip is in a good position and will continue, with my full support to attract a significant vote. Whilst we will now leave the European Union the terms of our withdrawal are unclear. If there is too much backsliding by the Government and with the Labour Party detached from many of its voters then Ukip’s best days may yet to come,” he added.
Farage’s announcement is coming 4 days after Boris Johnson, one of the leading voices in the Brexit campaign considered to be the favorite to replace outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron, announced that he didn’t want the job.