British Prime Minister David Cameron was a proponent for Great Britain to remain part of the European Union (EU) but the people of Britain had a different view for the future of their country.
The Brexit push, for Great Britain to leave the EU, had a stunning victory by a 52% to 48% margin. A remarkable 72% of the voting population turned out the vote and the Brexit effort, led by the head of the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKip) leader, Nigel Farage, prevailed.
As it became evident that the LEAVE effort would be successful, Farage spoke at a victory party saying, “If the predictions are right, this will be a victory for real people, a victory of ordinary people, a victory for decent people.” But it was a colossal loss for Cameron with many speculating that he would resign from his position as prime minister.
At approximately 8:15 am London time, 3:15 am Eastern, Cameron did exactly that during a press conference.
“I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is better off inside the European Union. And I made clear that 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 what 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’ve taken lightly, but I do believe it’s in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.”
Watch David Cameron’s remarks as he resigns his position as Prime Minister of Britain.
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) June 24, 2016