Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that he will stand down by October after the UK voted to leave the European Union.
The PM had urged the country to vote Remain but was defeated by 52% to 48% in a result that shocked financial markets worldwide, and caused the Pound fall sharply.
Speaking outside London’s 10 Downing Street flanked by wife Samantha, he said ‘fresh leadership’ was needed, but that he would attempt to ‘steady the ship’ over the coming months.
Reactions among key figures in the tumultuous debate wasted no time in giving their reactions.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage hailed it as the UK’s ‘independence day’, while Boris Johnson, a likely frontrunner for Cameron’s job, said the result would not mean ‘pulling up the drawbridge’. While SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon described a second independence referendum as ‘highly likely’.