On 4 July, Nigel Farage announced he would be standing down as leader of the Eurosceptic United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip), following the country's vote to leave the EU in a so-called 'Brexit'. Farage claimed in a statement that he wanted his life back.

"I have never been, and I have never wanted to be, a career politician. My aim in being in politics was to get Britain out of the European Union," he said "During the referendum campaign as I said, I want my country back. What I'm saying today is I want my life back, and it begins right now."

IBTimesUK takes a look at Nigel Farage's best, worst and strangest moments to date:

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Nigel Farage speaks at a news conference in central London. Farage said he will step down as leader of UKIPNeil Hall/ Reuters

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Nigel Farage takes part in a plenary session at the European Parliament on the outcome of the "Brexit" summit, in BrusselsYves Herman/ Reuters
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April 9, 2014: Nigel Farage drinks beer from a large glass at the Bolton Arms pub in BasingstokeDan Kitwood/Getty Images
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Nigel Farage delivers his keynote address at the party's spring conference, in LlandudnoPhil Noble/ Reuters
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Nigel Farage arrives for results of the European Parliament election for the south east region, in SouthamptonLuke MacGregor/ Reuters
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“It looks as if there will be more candidates than at a normal by-election,” said Farage. “Still, at last there is a serious opposition.”Getty
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Nigel Farage has helped transform British politics but his view of Europe is wrong, says Peter SnowDarren Staples/Reuters
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Ukip leader Nigel Farage boards the Grimsby pilot boat during campaigning on April 8, 2015Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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April 9, 2014: Nigel Farage arrives to speak at a Ukip public meeting at Old Basing Village Hall in Basingstoke, HampshireDan Kitwood/Getty Images
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Nigel Farage reacts at a Leave.eu party after polling stations closed in the Referendum on the European Union in LondonToby Melville/ Reuters
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Nigel Farage has a coffee in The Old Jail pub, after voting in the EU referendum, at a polling station in Biggin HillDylan Martinez/ Reuters
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Nigel Farage holds a British Union Jack flag as he waits for the start of a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, FranceVincent Kessler/ Reuters
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Ukip leader Nigel Farage holds a wooden rifle during a visit to a veterans' charity in Sandwich on April 15, 2015Carl Court/Getty Images
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Nigel Farage speaks to media at a Leave.eu party, as votes are counted for the EU referendum in LondonToby Melville/ Reuters
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European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker welcomes Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, prior to a plenary session at the European Parliament on the outcome of the "Brexit" in BrusselsEric Vidal/ Reuters
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Nigel Farage laughs as he holds a pint of beer after arriving for a campaign event in BroadstairsSuzanne Plunkett/ Reuters
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Nigel Farage drinks a pint of beer in the Gardeners Arms pub in Heywood near ManchesterPhil Noble/ Reuters
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Nigel Farage enjoys a pint of beer in central LondonStefan Wermuth/ Reuters
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Nigel Farage drinks a pint at the Hoy and Helmet pub in South BenfleetSuzanne Plunkett/ Reuters
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Nigel Farage laughs after unveiling a poster as he campaigns in ManchesterPhil Noble/ Reuters
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Nigel Farage reacts whilst speaking at a question and answer session in Manchester, northern EnglandToby Melville/ Reuters
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Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), Nigel Farage speaks during a press conference near the Houses of Parliament in central LondonGlyn Kirk/ AFP
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Nigel Farage wears Union Flag-themed socks as he reaches for a drink during a visit to a community centre in Clacton, EssexPeter Nicholls/ Reuters