Cam quits, BoJo favourite for PM

Daily Star - - Front Page - By JEFF FAR­RELL jeff.far­rell@dai­

RE­MAIN lead­ers united with Brex­i­teers in vow­ing to make Bri­tain great again as they tack­led post-ref­er­en­dum un­cer­tainty.

Despite quit­ting as PM, David Cameron led the calls for both sides to work to­gether.

DE­FEATED Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron dra­mat­i­cally quit as the na­tion de­cided to ditch the Euro­pean Union and build a bright new fu­ture on its own.

The Tory chief choked back tears as he handed in his res­ig­na­tion, say­ing he would stay on for three months to “steady the ship”.

But he went on to say that the UK needs a new leader to “cap­tain our coun­try to its next des­ti­na­tion”.

It came af­ter a dra­matic 24 hours in which the big­gest vote in a gen­er­a­tion saw 33mil­lion head to the polls – a huge turnout of around 72%. Faced with a sim­ple choice of in or out of the EU, 51.9% of the elec­torate opted to leave.

Brexit won despite scare­mon­ger­ing from world lead­ers in­clud­ing US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

Flanked by wife Sa­man­tha out­side Num­ber 10, Mr Cameron de­liv­ered an emo­tional state­ment.

He said: “The Bri­tish peo­ple have voted to leave the Euro­pean Union and their will must be re­spected.


“I would re­as­sure those 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.

“Now the decision has been made to leave we need to find the best way and I will do every­thing I can to help.”

He vowed to stay on as PM un­til Oc­to­ber – but ex­perts last night sug­gested he could be gone in weeks as Brexit politi­cians plot our exit from the EU.

Leave heavy­weight Boris John­son is in pole po­si­tion to take over, with book­ies Lad­brokes mak­ing him evens to be the next Prime Min­is­ter.

Yes­ter­day, the former Lon­don Mayor hailed the ref­er­en­dum out­come as a “glo­ri­ous op­por­tu­nity”. He said: “The Bri­tish peo­ple FEARS: Pres­i­dent Obama have spo­ken up for democracy and I think we can be very proud of the re­sult.

“It doesn’t mean that the UK will be in any way less united, nor in­deed does it mean we will be any less Euro­pean”.

His ex­pected bid to be­come the next PM will be hotly con­tested.

An­a­lysts tipped fel­low Leave cam­paigner Michael Gove and Home Sec­re­tary Theresa May to give him a run for Down­ing Street.

The Leave camp won the vote with 51.9% over Re­main’s 48.1% when all the re­sults were in – which meant a to­tal of 17.4m votes for Leave ahead of 16.1m for Re­main.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who has spent all his po­lit­i­cal life fight­ing for this decision, supped a pint in cel­e­bra­tion.

And he bagged £2,500 af­ter putting £1,000 on Leave with Lad­brokes at 5-2 odds just a few days ago.

Mr Farage said June 23 should now be­come a Bank Hol­i­day as it will “go down in our his­tory as our in­de­pen­dence day”.

And he said he hoped Brexit would kick-start the break-up of the EU.

He added: The EU is fail­ing, the EU is dy­ing.

“An opin­ion poll in the Nether­lands shows a ma­jor­ity there want to leave, so we may well be close to Nexit.”

CHOKER: PM Mr Cameron and wife Sa­man­tha show their emo­tions be­fore go­ing back in­side Num­ber 10

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