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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