Anti-EU UKIP picks new leader to replace Trump ally Farage

LONDON (AP) — Britain's populist U.K. Independence Party has chosen European Parliament member Paul Nuttall as leader to replace the charismatic but divisive Nigel Farage.

Nuttall beat two other contenders in a contest to head the right-wing Euroskeptic party.

Monday's announcement follows a tumultuous period for UKIP, which played a major role in Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Farage stepped down after the EU vote, but replacement Diane James resigned after 18 days. The favorite to replace her, Steven Woolfe, also quit after a fight with a colleague that left him hospitalized.

The party, which has just one lawmaker in the 650-seat House of Commons, faces an uncertain future without Farage, its best-known personality. His international profile has grown because of his strong relationship with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
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