Nigel Farage will remain the leader of Ukip after the party rejected his resignation.
Farage announced he would step down on Friday after failing to win the seat of South Thanet, as he had promised in the run up to the general election.
But Ukip’s national executive committee has “unanimously” rejected his resignation, saying the party’s election campaign had been a “great success”.
Ukip chairman Steve Crowther says: “As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader of Ukip to the NEC. This offer was unanimously rejected by the NEC members who produced overwhelmingly evidence that the Ukip membership did not want Nigel to go.
“The NEC also concluded that Ukip’s general election campaign had been a great success.
“In addition the NEC recognised that the referendum campaign has already begun this week and we need our best team to fight that campaign led by Nigel. He has therefore been persuaded by the NEC to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of Ukip.”