Nigel Farage has said he will not be standing as a candidate in the general election on 12 December.
The Brexit Party leader told the BBC’s Andrew Marr he had thought “very hard” but had decided he could “serve the cause better” by supporting his party’s 600 candidates “across the UK”.
“I don’t want to be in politics for the rest of my life,” he said.
Mr Farage, who has stood unsuccessfully for Parliament seven times, also criticised the Prime Minsters Brexit deal.
The 55 year-old told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show the deal agreed earlier this month was “virtually worse that being in the EU”.
“If Boris Johnson was going for a genuine Brexit, we wouldn’t need to fight against him in this election,” he said.
Mr Farage had called on the prime minister to drop his Brexit deal, unite in a “Leave alliance” or face a Brexit Party candidate in every seat in the election.
He told the Marr show: “I always thought that to win an election, get a big majority so we can get a proper Brexit, a coming-together would be the objective.
“I still hope and pray it happens but it doesn’t look like it will.”