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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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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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