British Prime Minister David Cameron said Friday that he will step down from office following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union.
“I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination,” Cameron told reporters outside his Downing Street office, Reuters reported.
Cameron, who choked back tears, gave no detailed timetable but said there should be a new leader by the time his Conservative Party holds its annual conference in October.
“This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly but I do believe it is in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required,” he said.
“I think it’s right that this new Prime Minister takes the decision about when to trigger article 50 and start the process of leaving the EU.”
Cameron had urged Britons to vote for the Remain camp in the June 23 referendum on UK’s membership of the European Union.
Despite his pleas, most people backed the Leave camp in a 51.9 percent to 48.1 percent vote.
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