Nigel Farage to stand down as UKIP leader

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Nigel Farage says he is standing down as leader of the UK Independence Party.

Mr Farage said he had “done my bit” following the UK’s referendum vote to leave the EU.

He said the party was in a “pretty good place” and said he would not change his mind about quitting as he did after the 2015 general election.

Leading UKIP was “tough at times” but “all worth it” said Mr Farage, who is also an MEP. He added that the UK needed a “Brexit prime minister”.

Mr Farage said the party would campaign against “backsliding” on the UK’s exit from the EU, saying he planned to see out his term in the European Parliament - describing his party as “the turkeys that voted for Christmas”.

He said he would not be backing a candidate to replace him, saying “may the best man or woman win”.

Mr Farage said he would “bury the hatchet with anybody” including UKIP’s sole MP Douglas Carswell, who tweeted a picture of a smiley face as the leader’s resignation was announced.