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'I want my life back,' says Nigel Farage, as he steps down as leader of UKIP

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 July 2016, 17:48 IST

Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, and the one who spearheaded the campaign for Britain's dissociation with the European Union alongside Boris Johnson, has decided to step down now that Brexit has actually become a reality.

In his official statement, Farage declared that his decision to become a politician was fuelled by his belief that Britain should become a self-governing nation. "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," he said. And now that the votes are in, and Britain has by popular vote decided to part ways with the European Union, Farage has decided that his job is done.

Quite contrary to Farage's claims however, the Brexit vote is only the first step towards setting the ball into motion. Farage, with Boris Johnson at his side, campaigned furiously to make Brexit a reality. And now that the real show is about to begin, both of these Leave camp giants have decided to pull a disappearing act.

Earlier last week, former mayor of London, Boris Johnson, pulled out of the race to head the Conservative party in Britain and the country's next Prime Minister after he faced criticism from fellow Leave campaigner Michael Gove.

"I have never wanted to be a career politician," claims Nigel Farage. But as per his claims, if the driving force behind his career as a politician was to ensure autonomy for Britain, his responsibility as leader of the UKIP does not come to an end with the referendum.

"During the referendum campaign I said I want my country back, and I'm saying today I want my life back," he said. Sure, now that you have ensured that your country folk are left stranded at sea, go live your life.

First published: 4 July 2016, 17:48 IST