David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. In a statement outside Downing Street Friday morning, Cameron said it was “not right” to be the “captain that steers the country” in the right direction.
“I Iove this country and will do everything I can to serve it,” Cameron said as his voice cracked with emotion, adding that “the will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.”
Cameron said he would stay in office until a new Tory leader was elected but expects that he will be out by the time of the Conservative Party Conference in October.
“We must now prepare for a renegotiation with the EU. Above all this will require strong determined and committed leadership.”
“I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in that direction.”
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— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 24, 2016
From the Independent:
Importantly Mr Cameron said he would not invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty that will start the process of Brexit – leaving that decision to his successor most likely to be the former Mayor of London Boris Johnson or the Home Secretary Theresa May.
A Tory leadership election is likely to get underway within weeks.
His statement followed a remarkable night in which British people voted to leave the European Union after a nearly half a century of membership plunging the country into unchartered political and economic territory
With all votes tallied, voters backed Brexit by a margin of 52 to 48 percent.