The world awakens to the shock news that Britain has voted to ‘Leave’ the European Union, and David Cameron has quit as prime minister.
David Cameron has announced he is quitting as Prime Minister in an extraordinary statement just hours after Britain voted for Brexit .
The Tory leader delivered today’s historic announcement on the steps of Downing Street with his wife Samantha after his campaign to keep Britain in the EU failed, with Tory shires and Labour heartlands propelling Brexit to a shock 52-48 victory.
Late last night 86 Brexit-backing Tory MPs promised to stand by him regardless of the result – but as millions of Leave votes tumbled in so too came calls for him to go.
In an emotional statement on his commitment to social reform including gay marriage, he said he would stay on for three months for stability and give way to a new leader before October’s Conservative Party Conference.
But he said he would not activate Article 50, the clause which triggers an irreversible two-year process to leave the European Union – and which he previously said should happen “straight away”.
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From The Mirror – Mr Cameron said the Cabinet will meet on Monday, the Bank of England governor will give a statement on stabilizing the financial markets and the government will carry on implementing the Tory manifesto.
He added: “I’ve spoken to Her Majesty the Queen this morning to advise her of the steps I’m taking.
“A negotiation with the European Union will need to begin under a new Prime Minister and I think it’s right that this new Prime Minister takes the decision about when to trigger Article 50 and start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU.
“The British people have made a choice. That not only needs to be respected but those on the losing side of the argument, myself included, should help to make it work.”
–That is the most hypocritical statement perhaps heard in this speech. Cameron says those on the losing side, siding with the EU, should help ‘Brexit’ work…As he resigns.