The head of UKIP and one of the key campaigners for Brexit, Nigel Farage, has resigned from his post as the leader of UKIP.
Speaking at an event in London, Mr Farage said that he had never wanted to be a career politician and that he would be standing down.
Farage said that during the Brexit campaign he wanted his country back, but now that he has achieved this goal he wants his life back, reports the BBC.
Farage added that UKIP was in a ‘pretty good place’ and insisted that he would not change his mind about resigning like he did in the aftermath of the general election last year.
However, it would appear that Mr Farage is setting his sights high, saying that the UK needs a ‘Brexit prime minister’.
It is also rumoured that Farage may be considering a position with the Conservative Party after next Prime Minister hopeful, Andrea Leadsom, said she would not rule out giving Nigel Farage a position if she became leader in October.
Mr Farage made a tweet just after 10am this morning thanking his followers and praising Brexit:
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) July 4, 2016
However, somewhat ironically, Nigel Farage will continue to work as an MEP for the next two years.
Nigel Farage will remain an MEP for next two years
— norman smith (@BBCNormanS) July 4, 2016
Douglas Carswell – UKIP’s only Member of Parliament, who is likely to take over from Mr Farage made this bizarre and potentially smug emoji tweet:
— Douglas Carswell (@DouglasCarswell) July 4, 2016
And as you can probably imagine, Twitter users everywhere have already reacted in the masses:
Nigel Farage resigns but will likely continue his services to irony by jetting off to a retirement home in Spain.
— Angry Salmond (@AngrySalmond) July 4, 2016
Another coward who smashed up the china shop and left without paying – Nigel Farage resigns as Ukip leader https://t.co/r3SbWqiD3I
— Jamie Grierson (@JamieGrierson) July 4, 2016
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) July 4, 2016
Nigel Farage stands down. Is there a single Brexiteer left who'll stand up rather than run away AND stand by the promises they made?
— Peter Kyle MP (@peterkyle) July 4, 2016
"@davidschneider: Farage becomes UKIP leader again.
Sorry, that's tomorrow's tweet."
— Alan Williams☩ (@CadellinSilver) July 4, 2016
However, not all of the responses to Farage’s unexpected resignation were particularly negative:
Nobody has worked harder to free the UK from the EU than @Nigel_Farage Without him Brexit would never have happened. He resigns with honour.
— Simon Richards (@simplysimontfa) July 4, 2016
Sorry to see you go. I hope UKIP can survive without you as leader.
— Dave Tyrer (@dtgen101) July 4, 2016
@Nigel_Farage you will be sadly missed, you've been a great leader and shook this country up for the better! Thank you and good luck
— Tony (@Bitesize26) July 4, 2016
Mr Farage and Boris Johnson were perhaps the two most prominent campaigners for Britain to leave the EU.
Just last Thursday, Boris who was the bookies’ favourite to become Britain’s next Prime Minister, announced that he would not be running for PM.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.