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British PM David Cameron resigns following BREXIT vote, new leader by October

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 2:37 AM
David Cameron: Britain will need a new Prime Minister by October.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he is stepping down following a referendum in favour of leaving the European Union.

Cameron, who has been Prime Minister for the past six years made the announcement a short while ago.

"Britain will need a new Prime Minister by October," he said.

Cameron, who had advocated for Britain to remain in the now 28-member bloc said a new Prime Minister must lead the negotiation with the European Union with the impending separation. 

Meanwhile, he said there will be no immediate changes in the way people travel or access services.

Final tallies showed that 33 million people from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Gibraltar voted, with 52 per cent voting to leave and 48 per cent voting to remain in the EU.

It means that the EU will become a 27-member bloc once the United Kingdom officially withdraws.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council was disappointed by the results.

"It's a heartbreak moment," he said.

But Tusk said there will be "no vacuum" as European law will continue in Britain until the United Kingdom officially withdraws from the bloc.

Speaking to reporters, Tusk said the results meant that the EU as bloc needs to review its structure to determine where reforms are needed.

But according to him, the bloc must persist.

"As my father used to say, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger'," he said.

The 'Leave' campaign had argued that Britain would be more independent with a vote to leave the EU.

But the 'Remain' campaign had insisted that there would be too many economic repercussions if Britain left.

- Damion Mitchell