Nigel Farage has resigned as UKIP leader only two weeks after Britain voted to leave the European Union.
In a conference in London on 4 July the former leader said “My aim in politics was to get Britain out of the European Union. That is what we voted for in that referendum. I feel like I have done my bit.
“I couldn’t [have] possibly achieve[d] more than we did in that referendum and so I feel it’s right that I should stand aside as leader of UKIP”.
Farage, who was elected as an MEP in 1999, also went on to say “it’s been a huge chunk of my life doing this and it’s not easy when you feel ownership of something to let it go. But it has come at a cost to me, and perhaps to those around me.
“During the referendum campaign I said I want my country back. What I’m saying today is I want my life back”.
Many people have responded in outrage to his resignation on Twitter, including the likes of Twitter user @ionutroghina who tweeted, “So @Nigel_Farage quits UKIP, but he keeps his MEP salary and expenses paid by the European Union. The hypocrisy is strong with this one”.
Twitter user @BethElderkin also joined the trending #FarageResigns with her response, “I want my life back,” @Nigel_Farage says. You know who else does? All the immigrants being harassed and threatened with displacement”.
This isn’t the first time the 52-year-old has made suggestions to resign from his position. In May 2015 Farage announced his resignation after failing to win a seat in the House of Commons – only to change his mind days later.
However, in the London conference he stated “I won’t be changing my mind again, I assure you”.
The party’s only MP in the Commons, Douglas Carswell, reacted to Farage’s announcement by tweeting a smiling emoji with sunglasses – a likely indication of the sour relationship between himself and the former UKIP leader.
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