Steve Crowther has been appointed interim leader until the NEC meets on Monday to decide the process for the impending leadership election. he has promised to write out on Monday night to confirm what those details are. He said:
I am honoured to have been asked by the NEC to stand in as Interim Leader for the next few weeks until our new Party Leader is elected.
I respect Paul’s decision to step down, though I regret that he has not had time to show his full potential. In recent weeks he has started to really resonate with members of the party, and the public at large, with his robust messages on security and integration.
But this was always going to be a difficult election. We just didn’t know that Mrs May was going to make such an almighty hash of it.
We expected that the government would cement its mandate to take forward the Brexit negotiations with more confidence and power. Instead, she has done the precise opposite.
UKIP’s presence on the political battlefield has just got a lot more critical, as those who want to thwart Brexit use this excuse to try and throw it into reverse. Despite the Lib-Dems’ total failure to recover, Nick Clegg losing his seat and his own narrow squeak, Tim Farron is already claiming that Mrs May’s incompetent electioneering somehow overrides the expressed will of the people to leave the EU.
We cannot let this happen. UKIP will now rapidly regroup, choose a new Leader and get back on our horse. We will provide the backbone for the full, proper Brexit that the people voted for last year, and which is the only way to protect this country from the impending economic meltdown in Europe, and get back control of our borders – something which is clearly long overdue.
I will be talking to colleagues over the weekend and meeting with the NEC on Monday, to ensure that the party is ‘strong and stable’ and ready to support the new Leader in the challenging times ahead of us.