Lithuanian MEP and professional poker player Antanas Guoga has submitted a tongue-in-cheek application to become the leader of the British Ukip party following the resignation of its leader, Nigel Farage.

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“As a professional poker player, I once lost a substantial amount of money to my Romanian rival, Daniel Negreanu,” writes Guoga, who had been a vocal supporter of the remain campaign in the followup to the Brexit referendum. “This aligns me stoically to the Ukip membership concerned with the impact of Eastern Europeans on their incomes.” The Ukip party spearheaded the ultimately successful Leave campaign.

His application also poked fun at Boris Johnson, who said he would not be running for Prime Minister following David Cameron's resignation despite Johnson's having helped Farage lead the Leave campaign. “As a professional poker player, when I win a hand, I leave the table. This mantra seems very appropriate to the Ukip leadership, given the amount of Vote Leave members who have vanished from the negotiation table following Brexit victory.”

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