Video: Emotional Cameron To Step Down
David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister after the UK public voted to leave the European Union in the referendum.
A tearful Mr Cameron – his wife by his side – said the UK needed “fresh leadership” and that he had already spoken to the Queen about his decision.
The PM campaigned to remain in the EU but the public rejected his arguments and chose to leave the EU by 51.9% to 48.1%.
Speaking to masses of reporters outside Downing Street, the PM said he would aim to have new leader in place by the Tory party conference in October.
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“The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected,” Mr Cameron said.
“The country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction,” added the PM.
“I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but I don’t think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.”
Mr Cameron said he had fought “head, heart and soul” to stay in the EU but that voters had chosen a different path.
With tears in his eyes and his voice cracking slightly, the PM said: “I love this country, and I feel honoured to have served it and I will do everything I can in the future to help this great country succeed.”
He then turned away and headed back into Number 10 with his wife.
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