David Cameron Re­signs

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL -

David Cameron (Fri­day) paid the price for his fail­ure to se­cure Bri­tain’s fu­ture in the Euro­pean Union an­nounc­ing his res­ig­na­tion and ad­mit­ting the coun­try now needed “fresh lead­er­ship”.

Flanked by his wife and at one stage close to tears Mr Cameron said it would be wrong for him “to be the cap­tain that steers our coun­try to its next des­ti­na­tion”.

He an­nounced that he would stay on in a care­taker ca­pac­ity but ex­pected a new leader to be in place by the time of the Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence.

His de­ci­sion fires the start­ing gun on a Tory Party lead­er­ship con­test with Boris John­son and the Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May as the early front run­ners to suc­ceed him.

How­ever it is likely to lead for calls for a fresh gen­eral elec­tion to give voters a di­rect say on the team that will lead the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

Im­por­tantly Mr Cameron said he would not in­voke Ar­ti­cle 50 of the Lis­bon Treaty that will start the process of Brexit – leav­ing that de­ci­sion to his suc­ces­sor.

Speak­ing out­side Down­ing Street Cameron said he re­spected the will of the Bri­tish peo­ple.

“We should be proud of the fact that in th­ese is­lands we trust the peo­ple for th­ese big de­ci­sions,”

“We not only have a par­lia­men­tary democ­racy, but on ques­tions about the ar­range­ments for how we’ve gov­erned there are times when it is right to ask the peo­ple them­selves and that is what we have done.”

He added: “The will of the Bri­tish peo­ple is an in­struc­tion that must be de­liv­ered.”

“We must now pre­pare for a ne­go­ti­a­tion with the Euro­pean Union. Above all this will re­quire strong, de­ter­mined and com­mit­ted lead­er­ship,” he said. “I think the coun­try re­quires fresh lead­er­ship to take it in this di­rec­tion.

Hint­ing at his deep dis­ap­point­ment with the re­sult Mr Cameron in­sisted he had no re­grets about the cam­paign he had led.

“I fought this cam­paign in the only way I know how, which is to say di­rectly and pas­sion­ately what I think and feel - head, heart and soul,” he said.

I held noth­ing back, I was ab­so­lutely clear about my belief that Bri­tain is stronger, safer and bet­ter off in­side the Euro­pean Union and I made clear the ref­er­en­dum was about this and this alone - not the fu­ture of any sin­gle politi­cian in­clud­ing my­self.

“But the Bri­tish peo­ple have made a very clear de­ci­sion to take a dif­fer­ent path.”

David Cameron will quit his role as Prime Min­is­ter of Bri­tain af­ter the coun­try voted in favour of an exit from the Euro­pean Union.

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