Nigel Farage will not stand in the general election because he believes he is better placed in Brussels to ensure a hard Brexit than he would be in Westminster.
Explaining his decision not to run for election, the former Ukip leader told ITV News he would be able to more effectively shape Brexit as an MEP because the European parliament will have the power to veto a Brexit deal.
"I think I can influence Brexit far more in Europe than I could sitting in the Commons," he said.
Mr Farage has stood for election as an MP seven times in the past, but has yet to be elected to Westminster.
Commenting on the French elections, the first round of which takes place on Sunday, Mr Farage said he expected right-winger Marine Le Pen to get through to the second round and that she could even become president.
"After what we saw in 2016 with Brexit and Trump, I'd say to people don't rule it out," he said.
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