April 20, 2017 / 6:17 PM / 5 months ago

Former UKIP leader Farage says won't stand in 2017 election - Telegraph

Nigel Farage, former leader of UKIP and anti-EU campaigner leaves Millbank studios in central London, Britain April 21, 2017. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

(Reuters) - 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

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