‘Brexit’ leader Nigel Farage to step down

LONDON, July 4 (UPI) — Nigel Farage, the British politician who led the UK Independence Party to win the “Brexit” referendum announced he is standing down as leader of UKIP.

Farage told reporters at a Monday press conference he had “done my bit” to lead the vote for the United Kingdom to leave the EU and said his party was in a “pretty good place”

“During the the referendum I said I wanted my country back,” Farage said. “Now I want my life back.”

He also said he was sticking to his decision, unlike he did after the 2015 general election.

In a statement, Farage said: “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 struggle from business because I wanted us to be 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 be yet to come.”

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