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Cameron announces resignation plans following UK vote to leave EU

June 24, 10:38 UTC+3
The British PM says UK people’s will to leave EU must be respected
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British Prime Minister David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron

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LONDON, June 24. /TASS/. British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he is going to abandon his post following the country’s historic decision to leave the European Union.

"I was absolutely clear about my belief that Britain is stronger, safer and better off inside the European Union," Cameron said. "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," he added.

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," Cameron said. "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."

Some 52% of UK citizens (17.41 million people) voted on Thursday for leaving the European Union, while 48% (16.14 million) were in favor of remaining part of the bloc.

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