Nigel Farage resigned as leader of the U.K. Independence Party, saying that his victory in the referendum on leaving the European Union represented a career high to go out on.
Farage, 52, follows Prime Minister David Cameron as the second party leader to discontinue following the June 23 referendum to unhitch the U.K. from the EU after more than four decades. Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who led the Vote Leave campaign, said last week that he wouldnt seek to contest the Conservative Party leadership and replace Cameron.
I now was of the view that Ive done my bit, that I couldnt perhaps achieve more, Farage told reporters in London on Monday. Its right that I should now stand aside as leader. What I said during the referendum campaign is I want my country back. What Im telling today is I want my life back. And it begins right now.
The referendum result marked a personal success for Farage, who in the early 1990 s helped to found a party later described by Cameron as a bunch of fruitcakes, loonies, and closet racists. That represented a misjudgment as the “ministers ” detected himself having to turn more euroskeptic to preserve his partys appeal to voters, ultimately calling the referendum on EU membership which sank him.
The decision of Cameron, Johnson and Farage to abandon the Brexit ship is a historic irresponsibility that EU citizens will now have to pay for, Swedens Deputy Prime Minister, Isabella Loevin, said on Twitter.
While UKIP won merely one seat in last years general election, it was able to rally supporters in part because of Farages sound bites, as well as his partiality to a pint of beer and a cigarette. He began referendum night predicting defeat, merely to mark the sunrise proclaiming Britains Independence Day.
A former commodities broker, Farage helped set up UKIP after then Prime Minister John Major signed the Maastricht Treaty, which paved the route for a more integrated EU.
Willing to take on political correctness, Farage often depicted accusations of racism. Following the January 2015 terrorist shootings in and around Paris, he sparked outrage among mainstream politicians when he spoke in the European Parliament of a homegrown fifth column of Islamic activists bent on taking down our Judeo-Christian way of life.
Farage will remain a lawmaker in the EU Parliament he joined in 1999. He last week told fellow lawmakers, virtually none of you have ever done a proper undertaking in your lives.
He said on Monday that he wanted to keep pressure on whoever is the next prime minister to take Britain out of the single market and cut immigration.
We require a “ministers ” who recognizes that weve got the trump cards, he said, calling for negotiators to lobby European industry, including German car manufacturers and French wine makers ahead of general elections in both countries next year. I will watch the renegotiation process in Brussels like a hawk, he said.
It is the second time Farage — whos married to a German, Kirsten Mehr, with whom he has two teenage daughters — has resigned in merely over a year. He ceased in May 2015 when he failed to get elected to Parliament, merely to reverse that decision three days later.
I have never been, and I have never wanted to be, a career politician, he said on Monday. I wont be changing my intellect again, I can promise you.
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