Nigel Farage, the man who lead the charge for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, has resigned as leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), the country’s far-right political faction
Speaking at a press conference in Westminster on Monday, Farage, who was first elected to Parliament in 1999, said, “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.”
Britain’s decision to leave the EU in a referendum last month was roundly criticized as a choice made by an older generation of Brits, motivated by racism and anti-immigration evangelism, which has already precipitated economic fallout and even more visible xenophobia across Britain.
On the eve of Farage’s announcement that had stepped down as head of the UKIP, he reportedly attended a garden party attended by the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Evgeny Lebedev. English singer Lily Allen’s broke the story on her Twitter:
I'm at a garden party. Hope I'm not sitting next to Voldemort or Fromage. I might be sick pic.twitter.com/ILsuu6kDPM— lily (@lilyallen) July 3, 2016
At his press conference this morning, Farage appeared thrilled to leave the national spotlight: “What I’m saying today is, ‘I want my life back,’ and it begins right now.”
Good on you, Farage, it’s never too late to get it all back. Too bad the same can’t be said of Great Britain.