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David Cameron Gives Final Remarks as UK Prime Minister

cameronDavid Cameron delivered his farewell remarks Wednesday afternoon to reporters in front of 10 Downing Street shortly before traveling to Buckingham Palace to formally tender his resignation as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

Cameron’s pledged to exit the office following the referendum vote for the UK to leave the European Union, which Cameron had opposed. “The will of the British people is an instruction which must be delivered,” Cameron said at the time.

In his final remarks, Cameron said that serving as PM for six years had been the “greatest honor.” He affirmed that the country’s National Health Service is a “national treasure,” touted the advancement of human rights under his watch, and the strengthening of the country’s armed forces.

Home Secretary Theresa May will replace Cameron as leader of the Conservative party, becoming the nation’s second woman to serve as PM. May will be tasked with negotiating the country’s exit from the European Union, a process that must be completed within two years once the UK formally declares its intention to withdraw from the bloc.

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