Nigel Farage has dramatically resigned as leader of Ukip - less than two weeks since Britain voted to leave the European Union.
Farage, 52, has had two stints as leader of the Eurosceptic party since 2006.
In a speech in London on Monday morning, he said: "I feel it's right that I should now stand aside as leader of Ukip.
"I will continue to support the party, I will support the new leader, I will watch the renegotiation process in Brussels like a hawk and perhaps comment in the European Parliament from time to time.
"It has been a huge chunk of my life doing this, and it's not easy.
"Perhaps when you feel a degree of ownership of something to let it go but it does come at a cost to me, and to those around me.
"During the referendum I said I want my country back. What I'm saying today, is I want my life back, and it begins right now."
A Ukip source has told ITV News that the party is "not optimistic" about the result of the EU referendum.
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Nigel Farage has said it looks like Remain will win the EU referendum.
The Ukip leader and key figure calling for Britain to leave the EU told Sky News that "it looks like Remain will edge it".
Nigel Farage today responded to claims that he had apologised over the controversial Breaking Point poster.
The Ukip leader responded to questions after his final leve speech of the EU referendum campiagn, saying "I cannot apologise for the truth".
He added that the picture showed "what is wrong with the European Union".
Britain's population is rising and it is "impossible" for central government to plan for it, Nigel Farage has warned ahead of the EU referendum.
The Ukip leader said rising population is placing a strain on Britain's hospitals, schools and public services.
He made the comments as the new Ukip poster was unveiled and also brushed aside David Beckham's support for the Remain campaign.
Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said David Cameron and the Remain campaign are worried about the outcome of the upcoming EU referendum.
The leading Leave campaigner said "project fear has now become project threat", as the result of the June 23 vote becomes increasingly less clear-cut.
"They thought they'd be comfortably in the lead at this stage of the campaign - they're not," he said. "It's neck and neck, it's anyone's game."
His comments come after the prime minister used a swiftly arranged press conference in central London today to accuse Leave campaigners of telling "complete untruths".
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UKIP MP Douglas Carswell has told ITV News the EU has shown it isn't interested in reform despite the Prime Minister's efforts to negotiate a new deal for Britain.
Welcoming the news that the British public would soon be able to vote to leave the European bloc, he said: "If David Cameron with all his charm, charisma and determination and the threat of a referendum cannot persuade the Eurocrats to give us real change, what chance is there of Europe ever really changing?"
Carswell, who is part of Vote Leave campaign, publicly backed by five cabinet members said the organisation would run an upbeat and positive movement.
Asked about the the rivalry between groups pushing for Britain to exit the EU, including the Grassroots Out campaign supported by his party leader Nigel Farage, he said:
"In a referendum campaign, you're going to have to work with lots of people and some of those people will be on sides of the political spectrum you might not personally agree with."
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