Overnight, the votes for whether Britain were to leave or remain in the European Union were counted, and confirmed in the early hours of this morning. With a referendum result that has shocked many, the leave campaign, led by Boris Johnson, received 52% of the British votes, and the remain campaign, led by Prime Minister David Cameron, received a close 48% of the British votes. Later on in the morning, The Prime Minister made a speech outside number 10 Downing Street, with his wife Samantha Cameron by his side, stating that he will be resigning as Prime Minister, as a result of the defeat.
Clearly upset, the Prime Minister said “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 don’t 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 that I have taken lightly, but I do believe it is in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.
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.”