Live updates: Nigel Farage resigns as Ukip leader

Nigel Farage has resigned as the leader of the UK Independence Party, saying he has "done his bit".

Mr Farage said his aim in politics had been to get Britain out of the EU and now that the country had voted for Brexit in the referendum it was time for him to stand aside.

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Farage says next PM 'must be pro-Brexit'

Nigel Farage wouldn't name his preferred candidates. Credit: Pool

Nigel Farage has insisted that Britain "must have a Brexit Prime Minister".

"As I see it there are three candidates that supported the Brexit campaign, and I'm not going to damn any one of them by offering them my support at this moment in time.

"This is not a moment for business as usual. This is a moment for radical leadership for inspiration and to take advantage of the unbelievable global opportunities that are there before us," he added.

Brexiteers 'wreak havoc and then leave scene'

Brexiteers have "wreaked havoc and then left others "to pick up the pieces", Labour MP Chris Bryant has said after Nigel Farage resigned as Ukip leader.

Since Britain voted to leave the European Union on June 23:

  • David Cameron, who called the referendum, resigned as prime minister
  • Boris Johnson, who led Vote Leave, chose not to run for Tory leader
  • Nigel Farage, who campaigned for Brexit for over two decades, has quit


Nigel Farage: I won't return to politics again

Nigel Farage resigned as Ukip leader on Monday. Credit: Pool

Nigel Farage has ruled out making a return into politics.

He said: "I was persuaded to come back for one reason, and that was to fight this referendum. I'm very pleased I changed my mind just over a year ago and came back and fought this referendum.

"I won't be changing my mind again, I can promise you", he added.

MPs: How long will Farage's resignation last this time?

MPs have questioned how long it will take Nigel Farage to change his mind about resigning this time.

Farage quit as Ukip leader after failing to win a seat in the 2015 general election - only to famously change his mind days later.

Farage thanks supporters after quitting

Nigel Farage has paid tribute to his supporters after he announced his decision to step down as Ukip leader.

"Delighted with the result we fought for so long to achieve," he said, referring to the Brexit vote.


Nigel Farage resigns as leader of Ukip

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."

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