Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said he will not be standing in Britain's 2017 election, in a opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph.
Farage said he wanted to focus on getting Britain's exit from the European Union on the right terms.
"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.
British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Tuesday for an early election on June 8.
(Reporting by Parikshit Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Janet Lawrence)