United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron has told journalists that he would step down by October after the historical UK votes to leave the European Union, BBC News reports.
He made this announcement in a statement outside Downing Street after the final result was announced.
He said he would attempt to “steady the ship” over the coming weeks and months but that “fresh leadership” was needed.
The PM had urged the country to vote Remain, warning of economic and security consequences of an exit, but the UK voted to leave by 52% to 48% in what has been the highest turnout at a UK-wide vote since 1992.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed the vote as the UK’s “independence day” but the Remain camp called it a “catastrophe”.
Mr. Cameron has since then informed the Queen of his decision to remain in place for the short term and to then hand over to a new prime minister by the time of the Conservative conference in October.
“The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected.” “The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered,” Mr. Cameron told BBC News.