London: Nigel Farage has resigned as Ukip leader after his success in the EU referendum and said: “I want my life back”.
The Ukip leader said “I feel I have done my bit” and “couldn’t possibly achieve more” than he did in the EU referendum. At a press conference in London he said: “During this referendum campaign I said I want my country back. Now I want my life back.
“I feel I have done my bit. I couldn’t possibly achieve more than we did in that referendum. I stand aside aside. I won’t be changing my mind again, I promise you.” He said he will remain as an MEP and continue to support Ukip, which he said is in a “sound position”.
Douglas Carswell, Ukip’s only MP, tweeted his reaction simply with a smiley face emoji. Mr Farage also told supporters: “Ukip is in a very good place compared to others. If we don’t get a satisfactory Brexit deal in 2020 watch this space #EUref.”
“Tough though it’s been at times, it has all been worth it. I never wanted to be a career politician.” He said he has never considered himself to be a “career politician” and will now focus on ensuring that Britain gets the best deal it can from Brussels.
He said: “In time I hope that some of these sharp divisions can be healed when people start to realise that life outside the European Union can be very exciting.”
Mr Farage adds that as soon as we get a new PM we need teams of negotiators to go out to the world and sign trade deals, calling for the UK to bring in experts from around the world to help.
On the future for Ukip Mr Farage says that without the party there would not have been a referendum and that his party inspired non voters to turn out: “Without Ukip there is no way the Leave campaign would have got over the line”, he says. “I feel the deeper the crisis in the Labour Party becomes … I feel that perhaps is where our greatest potential lies.”