European politics and world financial markets were thrown into disarray Friday after Britain voted to leave the European Union in a move hailed by nationalists as the country’s version of Independence Day.
“The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,” said Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party. “Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day!”
Cameron, who led the campaign to keep Britain in the EU, said he would resign by October and leave it to his successor to decide when to invoke Article 50, which triggers the departure from the European Union.
“I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months,” he said, “but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination.”