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The British people have voted to leave the European Union
and their will must be respected.
I want to thank everyone who took part in the campaign
on my side of the argument, including all those who put aside party differences
to speak in what they believed was the national interest
and let me congratulate all those who took part in the Leave campaign
for the spirited and passionate case that they made.
The will of the British people is an instruction that must be delivered.
It was not a decision that was taken lightly,
not least because so many things were said
by so many different organisations about the significance of this decision.
So there can be no doubt about the result.
Across the world, people have been watching
the choice that Britain has made. I would reassure those markets and investors
that Britain's economy is fundamentally strong and
I would also reassure Brits living in
European countries and European citizens living here
that there will be no immediate changes in your circumstances.
There will be no initial change in the way our people can travel,
in the way our goods can move, or the way our services can be sold.
We must now prepare for a negotiation with the European Union. This will need to involve
the full engagement of the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments
to ensure that the interests of all parts of our United Kingdom
are protected and advanced.
But above all this will require strong, determined and committed leadership.
I'm very proud and very honored to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years.
I believe we've made great steps, with more people in work than ever before in our history,
with reforms to welfare and education,
increasing people's life chances,
building a bigger and stronger society,
keeping our promises to the poorest people in the world and enabling those who
love each other to get married whatever their sexuality,
but above all restoring Britain's economic strength.
And I'm grateful to everyone who's helped to make that happen.
I have also always believed that we have to confront big decisions,
not duck them.
That is why we delivered the first coalition government in 70 years,
to bring our economy back from the brink.
It's why we delivered a fair, legal and decisive referendum in Scotland.
And it's why I made the pledge to renegotiate Britain's position in the European Union
and to hold the referendum on our membership
and have carried those things out.
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 and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership
to take it in this direction. I will do everything I can as Prime Minster
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.
This is not a decision I've taken lightly but I do believe it's in
the national interest to have a period of stability
and then the new leadership required.
There is no need for a precise timetable today but in my view
we should aim to have a new prime minister in place by the start of
the Conservative Party conference in October.
Delivering stability will be important and I will continue in post
as Prime Minister with my Cabinet for the next three months.
The Cabinet will meet on Monday, the Governor of the Bank of England is making
a statement about the steps that the Bank and
the Treasury are taking to reassure financial markets.
We will also continue taking forward the important legislation that we set
before Parliament in the Queen's Speech.
And I have spoken to Her Majesty the Queen this morning to
advise her of the steps that I am taking.
A negotiation with the European Union will need to begin
under a new prime minister and I think it's right that this new
prime minster takes the decision about when to trigger Article 50
and start the formal and legal process of leaving the EU.
I will attend the European Council next week to
explain the decision the British people have taken
and my own decision.
The British people have made a choice, that not only
needs to be respected but those on the losing side of the argument--
myself included-- should help to make it work.
Britain is a special country --
we have so many great advantages-- a parliamentary democracy
where we resolve great issues about our future through
peaceful debate, a great trading nation with our science and arts,
our engineering and our creativity, respected the world over.
And while we are not perfect I do believe we can be a model
of a multi-racial, multi-faith democracy, where people can come and
make a contribution and rise to the very highest that their talent allows.
Although leaving Europe was not the path I recommended, I am
the first to praise our incredible strengths.
I said before that Britain can survive outside
the European Union and indeed that we could find a way.
Now the decision has been made to leave, we need to find the best way
and I will do everything I can to help.
I love this country and I feel honored to have served it
and I will do everything I can in future to help this great country succeed.
Thank you very much.
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