David Cameron spoke outside 10 Downing Street today and announced that he would move aside as Prime Minister of Britain following the country’s decision to walk away from the European Union.
“The British people have voted to leave the EU and their will must be respected,” Cameron said. “The will of the British people is an instruction which must be delivered.”
Cameron has been the prime minister for the past six years, and he was in favor of having his country remain part of the EU. Cameron said that the Queen has been notified of his decision, and though he wouldn’t say exactly when he would leave office, a new leader would be in place by October.
Results have shown that the “Leave” vote got 52% of the vote while “Remain” took 48%. Cameron has expressed deep concerns about the economic and foreign policy implications the Brexit will have. With the results in, Cameron said “I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.”
Cameron promised that he will use his remaining time in office to “steady the ship” and prepare the stage for his successor’s negotiations for the United Kingdom’s future.
Watch above, via NBC.
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