British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Friday that he would step down by October after the UK voted for the country’s exit from the EU.
“I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination,” he told reporters outside his Downing Street office.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron said that the country needs fresh leadership after the Brexit referendum and a new prime minister should assume office by October.
“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,” Cameron told reporters.
“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’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. There is no need to have 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 congress in October,” he added.
On Thursday, the United Kingdom held a referendum on its membership in the European Union, with Prime Minister David Cameron calling on the UK nationals to vote to remain. Earlier Friday, it was announced that 51.9 percent of voters supported Brexit.