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Farage to quit as leader of UK Independence Party

Monday, July 04, 2016 - 00:43

The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party says he's stepping down after the nation voted to leave the bloc.

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION The leader of Britain's anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage said on Monday he would stand down after having realised his ambition of winning last month's referendum in favour of the country leaving the bloc. "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," he said. "I feel it's right that I should now stand aside." In a further twist following the referendum which has split the country, law firm Mishcon de Reya says it has started legal action to force the British government to win legislative approval from Parliament before triggering a formal divorce from the European Union. Mishcon de Reya, a London-based law firm, said Britain would need an Act of Parliament - which would require approval votes by lawmakers in both houses of Parliament - before it invoked Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the trigger for formal negotiations on exiting the bloc Britain joined in 1973.

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Farage to quit as leader of UK Independence Party

Monday, July 04, 2016 - 00:43