Ooooh, this is a Monday morning I can get behind!!! Nigel Farage oooo! Nigel Farage is making me so happy – and those are words I never thought I’d say! I’m so happy, I’m over here like:
Nigel Farage says he is standing down as leader of the UK Independence Party!!!
Mr Farage says he has “done my bit” following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the EU. Yes, the devil has done his work and will now retire into the hole from whence he came.
Leading UKIP was “tough at times” but “all worth it” said Mr Farage, who is also an MEP. Not done with the damage UKIP has caused so far, however, he added that the UK needed a “Brexit prime minister”.
Mr Farage said the party would campaign against “backsliding” on the UK’s exit from the EU, saying he planned to see out his term in the European Parliament.
He said his party’s “greatest potential” lay in attracting Labour voters, adding that he would not be backing any particular candidate to replace him.
“May the best man or woman win,” he said.
Mr Farage said he would “bury the hatchet with anybody” including UKIP’s sole MP Douglas Carswell, who tweeted an emoji picture of a smiley face as the leader’s resignation was announced.
UKIP now joins the Conservatives in searching for a new leader following the Brexit vote.
Mr Farage announced his decision to stand aside in a speech in London. He has been leader of UKIP for most of the past eight years, standing down briefly in 2009 and being re-elected the following year.
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