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U.K. Prime Minister Steps Down After Brexit Vote

| by Kathryn Schroeder
U.K. Prime Minister David CameronU.K. Prime Minister David Cameron

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron resigned from office after Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU).

"I think the country requires fresh leadership," Cameron, who opposed Brexit, said the morning of June 24, according to The Telegraph. "I do not think I can be the captain to take the country to its next destination."

During his resignation speech, Cameron’s voice was reportedly trembling with emotion as he fought back tears.

"I will do everything I can in [the] future to help this great country succeed," he said.

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In a 52 to 48 percent vote, British citizens chose to leave the EU. Voter turnout for Brexit was the highest for a U.K.-wide vote since 1992, BBC News reports.

Cameron will remain in office until October when a new prime minister will be chosen.

EU chiefs said the U.K. is expected to begin negotiations to leave "as soon as possible, however painful that process may be."

Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who supported Brexit and is now the front-runner to replace Cameron as prime minister, said there was "no need for haste" in regards to the country severing ties with the EU.

He added that the U.K. now has a "glorious opportunity" to pass its own laws, regulate its own borders, and set its own taxes.

Per the Lisbon Treaty, the U.K. has two years to negotiate its withdrawal from the EU.

"The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected," Cameron said. "The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered."

Following the decision, the British pound fell to its lowest against the dollar since 1985.

Sources: The TelegraphBBC News / Photo Source: Statsministerens kontor/Flickr

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