Diane James, leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) resigned 18 days after her election. “It is clear that I do not have enough authority, nor the full support of my colleagues to make the changes I needed and on which I my campaign was based – reads James’ tweet -. I remain committed to my work and responsibilities as a member elected from the UKIP to the European Parliament. I leave it for personal and professional reasons”.
The resignation of the newly elected James clearly reflect the chaos that has been reigning inside the Euro-sceptic party after reaching one of its main goals: UK’s exit from the European Union. Since that fateful 23 June, the number of UKIP members has almost halved: according to polls, UKIP dropped by 10% and a part of its supporters has openly declared their intention to vote for the Tories.
The President of the Party, Paul Oakden, confirmed Diane James’ decision. The latter announced that he would have summoned an emergency meeting to fix a date for the next election, when her successor will be chosen. Meanwhile, there are rumors about a possible return of Nigel Farage, but he promptly denied them: “I would not it even for $10 million.”