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    The former leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party Nigel Farage looks on as he waits for TV interview during the EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium, June 28, 2016.

    UKIP's Nigel Farage Resigns as Party Leader

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    Brexit campaigner and MEP Nigel Farage has announced he is stepping down as the leader of UKIP.

    Eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage said on Monday he was resigning after achieving the goal of the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Union. 
    ​"I came into politics from business because I believed that this nation should be self-governing. I have never been and I have never wanted to be a career politician, my aim in being in politics was to get Britain out of the European Union that is what we voted for in that referendum two weeks ago… So I feel it's right that I should now stand aside," Farage said in an address in central London.

    ​He ruled out forming a new party, stressing that in case of the UK government backtracking on the withdrawal, the UKIP would continue its operations.    

    ​On June 23, a nationwide referendum was held in the United Kingdom, in which 51.9 percent of voters supported the country leaving the bloc.    


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