Brexit Campaigner Nigel Farage Quits After Winning Like Some EU Terminator

On one hand, after he lead the tellingly-titled UK Independence Party to victory by finally convincing the people to abandon the European Union, it makes sense for leader Nigel Farage to peace out of the entire situation. 

On the other, it might have been chill if the persistent champion for Brexit / possible Half-Life G Man captained the party to for a little while longer to deal with the national ramifications of his long-awaited success.

Either way, Farage just fronted the media to announce he’ll be stepping down from the position. In his brief appearance, he has “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 why I now feel that I have done my bit. That I couldn’t possibly achieve more than we managed to get in that referendum.

And I feel it’s right that I now stand aside as the leader of UKIP.”
He said he’ll offer his expertise to other European nations who might be keen on striking out on their own again. (Frexit? Cyprexit? Czechzit?)

If the bloke does return to business, it’ll be in drastically different circumstances than when he left – he’s evidently got mates in that sphere, though.

According to footage from political insider Lily Allen (yes, that Lily Allen), he was having a chat to Rupert Murdoch at a garden party hours before his announcement. Make of that what you will.

Farage’s announcement closely follows the surprising news that Brexit campaigner and former mayor of London Boris Johnson won’t be contesting for the leadership of the Conservative Party. 
Of course, that role will be left vacant in the absence of current PM David Cameron – who also announced his resignation after the referendum. 

Elsewhere, the Labour party are navigating their own clusterfuck. In the aftermath of the referendum, a slew of leader Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet scattered, and there’s mounting pressure on the man himself. 

Essentially, British politics was already in free-for-all mode, but Farage’s departure likely won’t do anything to stabilise the UK in the most tumultuous period of its past two decades. 

Source: BBC.
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