Nigel Farage says he is stepping down as the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in the wake of the EU referendum decision on 23 June.

Farage, who led the divisive anti-immigrant Leave.EU campaign, said he was leaving the party in a “pretty good place” and vowed not to change his mind again, as he did after he failed to become an MP in the 2015 general election.

Farage, who will remain an MEP and taking a salary from the European Union he publicly derides, said the UK needed a “Brexit prime minister”.

UKIP’s only MP, Douglas Carswell, who has had a series of public disagreements with Farage over the last 12 months, tweeted a picture of a smiley face as the UKIP leader announced his resignation.

The leaders of both campaigns to leave the EU have now resigned in the wake of the country’s decision on 23 June, leaving the push for Brexit rudderless.

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