Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he will not be standing in Britain’s 2017 election, in a opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph.
He said he could have had an “easy win” in the former UKIP seat of Clacton but had decided to “fight for Brexit in Europe” instead. “I believe I can use my profile in European politics to put real pressure on MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) to vote for a sensible deal,” Farage said.
Earlier he said he had not yet decided whether to put himself forward.
He also said current leader Paul Nuttall had “six weeks to prove himself” in the party’s top job.
The only MP to be elected under a UKIP banner at a general election was Douglas Carswell in Clacton – but he has since quit the party.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8.
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