David Cameron will step down as prime minister over Brexit

PM says new leader should be in place by October


David Cameron has effectively resigned as prime minister after 52 per cent of Brits voted to leave the European Union.

Speaking outside Downing Street today, a visibly emotional Cameron said ‘fresh leadership’ was needed following this historic vote for Brexit.

He said a new PM will hopefully be in post by Conservative Party conference in October.

He said:

‘I was absolutely clear [in the referendum] 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.

I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months.

But I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination.

This is not a decision I have taken lightly. But I do believe it’s in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.

There is no need for a precise timetable today.

But in my view we should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of the Conservative party conference in October.’

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