Arch-Eurosceptic Nigel Farage has resigned as Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Farage said he resigned because now his political ambition (leaving the European Union) has been achieved, he “wants his life back”:
“During the the referendum I said I wanted my country back, now I want my life back.
“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. While 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.”
Farage was barraged with criticism after resigning, with critics claiming that he did a ‘BoJo’ – that is to say, he backed away so he didn’t have to deal with the fallout of Brexit. He did not, however, rule out politics completely, stating:
“If we don’t get a good Brexit deal, then in 2020 watch this space.”
More tensions rose between Farage and UKIP’s only Member of Parliament, Douglas Carswell, who in light of the resignation tweeted a mere emoji:
— Douglas Carswell MP (@DouglasCarswell) July 4, 2016
Carswell has ruled himself out of running for UKIP Leader – other potential candidates are MEPs Diane James and Paul Nuttall. Suzanne Evans has expressed her desire to run UKIP but as she is currently suspended due to her fall out with Farage, she is unable to.