World Brexiteer Nigel Farage steps down as leader of Reform UK

00:06  07 march  2021
00:06  07 march  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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Nigel Farage discusses Reform UK party policies. Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top politics stories again. The Brexiteer added: “Now's the moment for me to say I've knocked on my last door. "I'm going to step down as the leader of Reform UK . Nigel Farage has quit politics (Image: Getty). "I'll have no executive position at all. I'm quite happy to have an honorary one, but party politics, campaigning, being involved in elections, that is now over for me because I've achieved the one thing I set out to do: to achieve the independence of the UK .”

Nigel Farage has applied to change the Brexit Party's name to Reform UK , promising to focus on dealing with the government's "woeful" Covid response. He said renewed lockdown would "result in more life-years lost than it hopes to save" and argued that "building The party leader also said there should be "focused protection" from coronavirus for the vulnerable. But Boris Johnson will tell MPs later there is "no alternative" to lockdown. From Thursday, pubs, restaurants, gyms, non-essential shops and places of worship in England will close for four weeks, in an effort to stem the increase in infections.

LONDON (Reuters) - Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said on Saturday he would step down as the leader of Reform UK, the rebranded Brexit Party he launched two years ago to campaign for what was commonly known as "no deal Brexit".

Nigel Farage wearing a suit and tie: Plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels © Reuters/FRANCOIS LENOIR Plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels

Farage, who as leader of the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP) applied pressure on the government to hold the 2016 EU referendum, said the Brexit Party had helped the Conservatives "come to their senses" and chose Boris Johnson as their leader with a pro-Brexit agenda.

"The final outcome (of Brexit) has cut off Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK and treated our fisherman terribly, but we are out and there is no going back," he said in a statement.

"Already, in terms of the vaccine rollout and trade deals around the world, we are seeing the benefits of Brexit and the EU itself turn into a laughing stock."

Farage said he now felt he could do as much to shift public opinion through media and social media as he could as a campaigning party leader.

He will be replaced as Reform UK leader by Richard Tice.

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by David Gregorio)

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