08/10/2013 06:48 BST | Updated 08/10/2013 15:46 BST

Tommy Robinson Quits The EDL, Twitter Sees The Funny Side

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has quit

UPDATE: Tommy Robinson Explains Decision To Quit EDL At Secret Quilliam Event

Tommy Robinson has announced that he has quit the English Defence League, claiming he can no longer control the extremist elements within his right-wing organisation.

Naturally, Twitter was thrown into a frenzy over the sensational shock departure, with many sceptically speculating whether "a tiger can change its stripes."

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, said in a short statement to the Quilliam Foundation that he had been "considering this move for a long time."

He and fellow co-founder Kevin Carroll left the protest group following the intervention of the anti-extremist thinktank, who announced the move.


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Quilliam said Robinson’s departure from the EDL marked a "huge success" for community relations in the UK.

In a written statement, Robinson admitted that EDL protests were "no longer productive."

"I acknowledge the dangers of far-right extremism and the ongoing need to counter Islamist ideology not with violence but with better, democratic ideas," he said.

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Now, social media users have queried what will become of his organisation.