Member of Parliament for Clapton Douglas Carswell has quit UKIP, leaving the party with no representatives in the House of Commons.
He shall now sit as an Independent in the House and does not intend to call a by-election.
UKIP’s leader, Paul Nuttall, said this news “is not a surprise. I was elected on a pledge to forge unity in the party, and have had many discussions with key players to try and make that happen, but it had become increasingly clear to me that some things were simply beyond reach…
“Our party has not benefited financially or organisationally from having Douglas in Westminster. With this in mind, his departure will make no difference to my ability or focus on delivering the reforms I promised when elected as Leader.”
Former leader of the party Nigel Farage, who has always seemed to have a negative relationship with Mr. Carswell, has said: “Carswell has jumped before he was pushed. Whilst he did want to leave the EU, he was never UKIP and sought to undermine us. He should have gone some time ago.”