Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland David Cameron has just resigned.
Despite saying the just a few days before that he would remain in office, regardless of the result, Cameron has recognised that his leadership is not right to pilot the UK to Brexit.
In a powerful speech, he said:
“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. 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. I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction.
“I will do everything I can as Prime Minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination. 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.
“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.”