David Cameron has resigned as Prime Minister after Britain votes to leave the European Union




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David Cameron announces his resignation as Prime Minister outside 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister David Cameron announced his plan to resign following the vote for the UK to leave the EU.
The Tory leader made the announcement in front of the world's media camped outside No10 Downing Street.
He said the party needed a new "captain to steer the ship" and that a new leader should be in place by the Conservative Party Conference in October.
Speaking with his wife Samantha at his side he said: "The country has just taken part in a giant democratic exercise, perhaps the biggest in our history.
"Over 33 million people from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar have all had their say.
"We should be proud of the fact that in these islands we trust the people for these big decisions.

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street
Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside 10 Downing Street

"We not only have a parliamentary democracy, but on questions about the arrangements for how we've governed there are times when it is right to ask the people themselves and that is what we have done.
"The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.
"It was not a decision that was taken lightly, not least because so many things were said by so many different organisations about the significance of this decision."
With his voice appearing to break, Mr Cameron said: ''I love this country and I feel honoured to have served it.''
He had been under pressure to quit following the vote to quit the European Union.

Anthony Devlin/PA WirePrime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha arrive to cast their votes at a polling station in Westminster, London.
Prime Minister David Cameron and wife Samantha arrive to cast their votes at a polling station in Westminster, London.

Despite more than 80 Tory MPs signing a letter saying Mr Cameron has a “mandate and a duty” to remain in post, after the vote scores of Conservatives said he couldn't stay in Number 10 for long.
Hilary Benn, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, and Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, were among leading opposition figures who said Mr Cameron would have to leave office.
Nigel Farage has called for David Cameron to step down and said the UK needs to be led by "a Brexit Prime Minister".
The Ukip leader also called for June 23 to be declared a Bank Holiday, saying that it will "go down in our history as our independence day".
Mr Farage said: "My feeling is the Prime Minister could have risen up to the fray. He chose not to, I think he probably has to go. I think we have to have a Brexit Prime Minister."
He suggested that Boris Johnson, Michael Gove or Liam Fox would be potential leadership contenders.

Prime Minister David Cameron walks into 10 Downing Street, London, with wife Samantha after he announced his resignation
Prime Minister David Cameron walks into 10 Downing Street, London, with wife Samantha after he announced his resignation

He accused Mr Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne of behaving in an "appalling" way during the campaign.
Before the resignation, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Cameron should now invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which will kick off the two-year process of negotiating a new trade relationship with the remaining EU.
The Labour leader said the PM and Chancellor George Osborne should also act urgently to stabilise the pound, ensure the continuation of investment in UK industry and begin negotiations on a new trade relationship.
Labour would oppose "any urgent Budget that imposes great cuts and further austerity on people", he added.
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