UK PM Cameron says will step down by October after Brexit vote

Published: June 24, 2016


LONDON: David Cameron said he would resign as Prime Minister by October after Britons ignored his pleas to stay in the European Union and voted in a referendum to leave.

“I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination,” Cameron told reporters on Friday outside his Downing Street office.

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Cameron, who choked back tears, gave no detailed timetable but said there should be a new leader by the time his Conservative Party holds its annual conference in October.

“This is not a decision I’ve taken lightly but I do believe it is in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required,” he said.

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“I think it’s right that this new Prime Minister takes the decision about when to trigger article 50 and start the process of leaving the EU.”

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, results from Thursday’s landmark referendum showed, an outcome that sets the country on an uncertain path and deals the largest setback to European efforts to forge greater unity since World War Two.

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  • Malik Saab
    Jun 24, 2016 - 1:07PM

    All of My Afghan and Pakistani friends are celebrating like they have win the war. So the sad news for my compatriots is that even tough you love to see destruction of the world but nothing is going to happen. European civilization will continue to thrive.

    Weather EU remains or not but these countries will continue to exist as the strongest countries of the world. Let me tell you my naive friends that most EU countries are unhappy because of huge migration of Syrians, Iraqi, Afghans, Pakistani etc immigrants into their countries. This vote is infact like saying a big NO to Refugees.Recommend

  • Jun 24, 2016 - 1:18PM

    It will be second mistake after first one. Recommend

  • Abbas
    Jun 24, 2016 - 2:17PM

    @Malik Saab: You forgot to mention Indians too in the list of migrants…Recommend

  • Junaid
    Jun 24, 2016 - 2:32PM

    @malik sorry not because of syrians, pakistanis afghanis but from within europe former soviet influenced states.Recommend

  • Ishrat salim
    Jun 24, 2016 - 5:20PM

    Whatever the likely fall out will be of this decision by the citizens of UK, the character of their leader has been exposed for us Pakistanis to see. Does any of our leader possess such a character ? We should learn from them, but when ? We have a long journey ahead of us bcz we have literate class among us who supports characterless leaders. Who thinks, why NS should resign when his daughter and sons have been shown in Panama leaks. Even though our PM NS has lied 2 times in the Parliament, while there is ample proof of his lies via documents presented by different Medias.We can never be counted in the comity of nation unless we become a nation with leaders of character. Recommend

  • Zahid Shad
    Jun 24, 2016 - 5:25PM

    Living in Britain I can tell you this is becuase of massive migration. We have a lot of people from Poland in my town and they have taken the jobs of the local whites by accepting low wages. Many Pakistanis here also support Brexit. Of course it also connected with the waves of Syrian refugees entering Europe. Recommend

  • quatro
    Jun 24, 2016 - 8:18PM

    Cameron is right to step down – you can’t be a leader if the people don’t follow. I would argue that Merket and Jean-Claude Juncker should fall on their swords as well – their policies created this issue in the first place.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 24, 2016 - 8:38PM

    Lesson in democratic values and morals ……. for Nawaz Sharif.Recommend

  • salman
    Jun 24, 2016 - 9:44PM

    Good. He was pro Indian anywaysRecommend

  • pakistani
    Jun 24, 2016 - 10:55PM

    Could you ever imagine a pakistani politician or babu stepping down like this…
    example in democracy Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jun 25, 2016 - 12:20AM

    Sadiq Khan too should step down. It was Sadiq Khan’s face which reminded British people as to why they are having this referendum.Recommend

  • Jun 25, 2016 - 3:36AM

    Good Step for Democracy.Recommend

  • Babu
    Jun 25, 2016 - 3:59AM

    Why didn’t he form a commission and come to Lahore for medical check-up and a walk in fresh air of Model Town Park.Recommend

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