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Cameron resigns over Brexit vote loss

dpadpa 24/06/2016

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his resignation after the country voted to leave the EU; a tussle for Number 10 looms.

British Prime Minister David Cameron says he will resign by October now Britons have voted to exit the European Union.

Cameron had fought for remaining in the EU, facing off with Brexit supporters from within his own Conservative Party.

Cameron said he accepted the decision of the electorate, which voted by 52 per cent to 48 per cent to quit the EU.

"The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered," he said outside his London residence in Downing Street.

"I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction," he added.

He said he would leave it to his successor to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which begins the two-year process of negotiating a new trade relationship with the UK's former partners.

"The country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction," Cameron said.

"I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months, but I don't think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination."

His announcement will trigger a battle for the Conservative leadership - and the keys to No.10 - which is likely to feature Brexit standard-bearer Boris Johnson taking on figures such as Home Secretary Theresa May, who took a low profile in the referendum campaign.

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