Monday 24 April 2017

Britain leaving, Cameron going - and the ramifications of this have only just begun

Prime Minister David Cameron walks into 10 Downing Street with wife Samantha after he announced his resignation. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire
Prime Minister David Cameron walks into 10 Downing Street with wife Samantha after he announced his resignation. Photo: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

Andrew Hammond

UK prime minister David Cameron has resigned following the UK's Leave vote. Political and economic shockwaves are already rippling out across the globe from the referendum result following a campaign which was amongst the most divisive ever in modern British politics.

Despite pre-referendum polls this week generally indicating that momentum was with Remain, the Leave camp won through with around 52pc of the vote. The result saw England (London heavily excepted) and Wales voting to leave, while Scotland and Northern Ireland voted for Remain.

The vote has rattled financial markets and the UK political establishment and Cameron's decision to resign, only a year after his landmark success last May in winning the first majority Conservative government for over two decades, will only add to the uncertainty.

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