Nigel Farage said he has tried to remove Carswell from UKIP since 2015
The former Ukip leader begged the Ukip National Executive Committee to remove the Clacton MP after the 2015 General Election as “it was clear Carswell would work with his old Tory friends” in the EU referendum.
The Brexiteer said Carswell’s resignation was “unsurprising” and Paul Nuttall will be “mightily relived” at the news.
Mr Farage told the Telegraph: “His [Carswell’s] unsurprising resignation at the weekend and his intent to sit as an indecent, at least for the moment is good news for the party.”
He added: “Paul Nuttall is now free to give the party direction without constant briefing against his strong position on border controls. He is, as I know, a mightily relieved man today."
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“Whilst this is a truly historic week with the triggering of Article 50, the great battle is far from over, as Carswell contends.”
The 52-year-old – who is a close ally of President Trump – said there is "still much to fight for", and claimed he is not prepared let Theresa May leave the EU on her own terms without a challenge.
Without a "strong Ukip", the Prime Minister will ignore the "will of the people" during her Brexit negotiations, according to Mr Farage.
Pushing for a by-election in Clacton, Farage said he plans to write to “every household” in the constituency to ask if they “feel betrayed” by Carswell.
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Douglas Carswell announced his resignation from UKIP on his blog
Nuttall told Sky News he was disappointed that he found out Carswell had resigned "from a friend"
On Sunday Farage said Mr Carswell’s position as Ukip’s only MP was irrelevant as he did not “believe in the principals” of the party.
Mr Farage said: “He has got the most eurosceptic constituency in the country. Out of all 650 seats, Clacton is the seat where Ukip can win. [But] it didn’t last very long because he never, ever believed in the principals that Ukip stood for.”