UKIP's biggest donor Arron Banks has claimed his close ally, Nigel Farage, could return as leader to stabilise the party after its recent crisis.
The tycoon has suspended his donations temporarily while the party resolves its in-fighting. He claim that it was possible that Farage, currently the interim leader, could return as its full figurehead.
He said: "I think at some point he may do, yes, maybe. In politics you can never say never, can you? It depends what happens.
"I think Nigel was probably a dominant politician of the last 20 or 30 years, and losing him has caused the pressure cooker to explode.
"I think we are struggling at the moment, there is no point in denying it.
"I don't know if it's over for Ukip. It's certainly achieved its main goal in politics, which was to get the [EU] referendum and win it.
"I think at the moment we have to wait and see if it stabilises itself and elects a credible leader. I think it's [a question of] whether Nigel stays engaged with it or not."