Nigel Farage: UKIP leader resignation rejected

6a00d8341bf8f353ef017eeacb1b2e970dNigel Farage is to remain as UKIP leader after the party rejected his resignation as of 11 May.

Farage said that he would stand down after failing to win a seat in last week’s general election.

But the party said there was “overwhelmingly evidence” the UKIP membership did not want Mr Farage to go.

It said: “He has therefore been persuaded to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of UKIP.”

UKIP Chairman Steve Crowther said: “As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader of UKIP to the NEC. This offer was unanimously rejected by the NEC members who produced overwhelmingly evidence that the UKIP membership did not want Nigel to go.

“The NEC also concluded that UKIP’s general election campaign had been a great success. We have fought a positive campaign with a very good manifesto and despite relentless, negative attacks and an astonishing last minute swing to the Conservatives over fear of the SNP, that in these circumstances, 4 million votes was an extraordinary achievement.

“On that basis Mr Farage withdrew his resignation and will remain leader of UKIP. In addition the NEC recognised that the referendum campaign has already begun this week and we need our best team to fight that campaign led by Nigel. He has therefore been persuaded by the NEC to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of UKIP.”

Speaking exclusively to EU Reporter, Nigel Farage said that he was “deeply moved, frankly overwhelmed, by the support from the party”.

EU Reporter will be following developments closely as further information reaches us.

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