The Daily Telegraph: Nigel Farage announces he 'will not stand in this election'21 April 2017 | 05:45 | FOCUS News Agency
The former UK independence Party leader said in an article for The Daily Telegraph: “I have decided that I will not stand in this election but fight for Brexit in Europe.”
The news comes two days after Paul Nuttall, the party's successor, said he thought Mr Farage "will stand".
If Mr Farage had stood as a candidate it would have been the eighth time he had tried to be enter Parliament as an MP.
Mr Farage, 53, said he had been tempted to stand for Ukip in Clacton after the former Ukip MP Douglas Carswell said today he would not stand in the June 8 general election.
But he had finally come to the conclusion that he could better influence Britain’s exit from the European Union as an MEP in Strasbourg.
He said: “If I compare the platform I have in Strasbourg to being a backbench MP, there is frankly no comparison.
“The Brexit negotiations will take place in Brussels and the European Parliament will not only have a large impact on them, but ultimately will have the right of veto any deal at the end of the two-year process.
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