David Cameron set to resign as UK votes to leave
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is to resign within four months after losing the referendum on his country’s European Union membership.
Cameron said the U.K. needed “strong leadership” to conduct exit negotiations with the European Union and that he would leave office by the time of his party’s conference in October.
“I fought this campaign in the only way I know how, which is to say directly and passionately what I think and feel – head, heart and soul,” he said in a statement delivered on Friday morning outside 10 Downing Street, with his wife Samantha standing by his side.
“I held nothing back, I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union and I made clear the referendum was about this and this alone – not the future of any single politician, including myself.
“But the British people have made a very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.”
Cameron said he would continue in office until his Conservative Party elected a successor to whom he would leave the decision to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the mechanism for leaving the EU.