For­mer Bri­tish PM Cameron quits pol­i­tics

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DAVID Cameron has re­signed his seat in the House of Com­mons, less than three months af­ter los­ing an EU ref­er­en­dum in which he had cam­paigned to stay in the bloc.

Mr Cameron stepped down as prime min­is­ter in June, hours af­ter Bri­tain’s dra­matic vote to leave the Euro­pean Union (EU), hand­ing power to his suc­ces­sor Theresa May in July.

“The cir­cum­stances of my res­ig­na­tion as prime min­is­ter and the re­al­i­ties of mod­ern pol­i­tics make it very dif­fi­cult to con­tinue [in par­lia­ment] ... with­out the risk of be­com­ing a di­ver­sion,” Mr Cameron said.

“I fully sup­port Theresa May and have ev­ery con­fi­dence that Bri­tain will thrive un­der her strong lead­er­ship,” the 49-year-old added.

The for­mer premier was pil­lo­ried af­ter the shock ref­er­en­dum de­feat.

Crit­ics ac­cused him of reck­less­ness in hold­ing the vote in the first place and mis­man­ag­ing the “Re­main” cam­paign against anti-EU pop­ulism.

His res­ig­na­tion from par­lia­ment is un­usu­ally quick as for­mer prime min­is­ters have typ­i­cally re­tained their seats for a num­ber of years af­ter leav­ing of­fice. –

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