David Cameron resigns from his post as British Prime Minister after people of Britain surprisingly vote for leaving the European Union in a referendum. Cameron announced his resignation on the steps of his residence, 10 Downing Street, as his wife Samantha stood by.
OFFICIAL: Prime Minister David Cameron announces his resignation. @GMB
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) June 24, 2016
While his departure from the office was expected in the event of the Remain camp’s defeat, Cameron’s resignation was hot on the heels of the Brexit victory, shocking all and earning its fair share of surprise on social media.
Cameron resigns. Wow that was fast
— Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) June 24, 2016
Cameron resigns in the wake of leading the support base who believe that Britain would be better off to remain within the EU. As world markets begin to show signs of the effects of Britain voting for an EU exit, including a fall in the value of the pound sterling, the former Prime Minister announced his departure with a broken voice and emotional words, as reported by The Guardian.
“The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered…I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain who steers the country to its next destination… I am honoured to have been prime minister of this country for six years.”
Fifty-two percent of the total electoral body in Britain voted for Brexit in a narrow victory. The Telegraph, however, points to the fact that, while England’s voters were majorly in favor of leaving, Northern Ireland and Scotland have both voted to Remain. The Remain group was backed by many prominent personalities, including JK Rowling, Amanda Abbington, Hugh Laurie, and Carol Ann Duffy — many of whom have taken to Twitter to announce their dismay.
Cameron resigns, Boris Johnson takes the helm. We all go to hell.
— amanda abbington (@CHIMPSINSOCKS) June 24, 2016
The day’s proceedings have certainly been overwhelming. As David Cameron resigns, it has not even sunk in for many that Brexit has triumphed.
Britain leaves EU ✅
Cameron resigns ✅
SNP call for IndyRef ✅
Sinn Féin demand Border Poll ✅
And it's only 9am…
— Barry McColgan (@BarryMcColgan) June 24, 2016
David Cameron had recently come in the line of fire over his father’s alleged involvement with illegal assets, as uncovered by the Panama Papers. As reported by the BBC, the leader of the UKIP, Nigel Farage, who led the Brexit camp, is decidedly very happy after seeing his country vote for an exit he had demanded for 20 years. Farage also demanded that David Cameron resigns “immediately.”
He, reportedly, also announced the Brexit victory minutes before the BBC itself declared it in the early hours of the morning.
This by far biggest day in post-war history: leave EU vote; PM quits; new Tory leader. Economic turmoil. Scotland 2nd Ref; Corbyn future?
— Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) June 24, 2016
A favorite for the British Prime Minister’s office now is Boris Johnson, former mayor of the city of London, who heavily backed the Leave proposal.
In a referendum that has thrown up a result that is at odds with the advice of economists and market watchers, world leaders have been quick to register the impact that Cameron’s resignation and the imminent Brexit might have on the economy, with treasury officials being called upon in England to determine the course of stabilizing the financial sector.
After calling a referendum and then watching his chosen path lose out in it, Cameron resigns today with a very laden statement, full of assurances and promises for a stable future, that The Telegraph has released.
“I would reassure those [watching] markets and investors that Britain’s economy is fundamentally strong and I would also reassure Britons living in European countries and European citizens living here there will be no immediate changes in your circumstances.
There will be no initial change in the way our people can travel, in the way our goods can move or the way our services can be sold.
We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union.
This will need to involve the full engagement of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments to ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom are protected and advanced.”
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