Nigel Farage vowed 17 years ago to get Britain out of the European Union. After the success of the ‘Leave’ campaign in the Brexit referendum Farage has announced that he will step down as leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).
Farage says that his career long goal has been fufilled, but has also admitted that his political positions have cost him and his family.
“I don’t think people realise that if you’re taking on the establishment life is made pretty tough for you. I’m going to spend more time doing the things I want to do,” Farage said in his announcement.
“I want to pursue hobbies, I want to have a normal life. I’m a keen angler and I like watching cricket. I like visiting France and I have a particular interest in military history. This has been a big decision. I genuinely don’t think I could have done more in politics in terms of achieving my goals. I have been thinking very hard since the referendum result. What more could I do?”
Farage said that he came to the realization that he should step down after meeting former UK Prime Minister John Major.
“When I met John Major and had a cup of tea with him at Lords a couple of years ago he struck me as being a very contented man – happy with himself and what he had done,” he said.
Farage has threatened to resign as UKIP leader before, but has said that this time he will not change his mind.