Nigel Farage (C), a  leader of UK Independence Party (UKIP), celebrates after  Leave won in London on June 24, 2016. A referendum  took place on Thursday, 23 June, to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. The result of the votes turned out to leave European Union.  ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )
Nigel Farage (C), a leader of UK Independence Party (UKIP), celebrates after Leave won in London on June 24, 2016. A referendum took place on Thursday, 23 June, to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. The result of the votes turned out to leave European Union. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images ) Kaname Muto

Key Brexit leader resigns

Nigel Farage has resigned as the leader of Ukip just two weeks after Britons voted to leave the European Union, adding that he "couldn't possibly achieve more". 

At a speech in London, Mr Farage, who was elected as an MEP for the party in 1999, said he had never wanted to be a career politician and was standing down.

"I now feel that I've done my bit, that I couldn't possibly achieve more," he said.

"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 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. 


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