Cameron steps down as Britain votes LEAVE despite overwhelming support for EU from London

With the UK’s Leave vote triggering Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation and a fall in value of the pound, London sided with Remain as Lambeth led the way.

While the country voted to leave the EU with a majority of 52%, Lambeth bucked the trend and topped the Remain tables in London with 79% voting to stay.

Lambeth’s 111,584 votes for Remain meant it took the biggest vote share of all 28 boroughs to back Remain.

Hackney and Haringey took second and third place with 78% and 76% voting to Remain.

Wandsworth followed closely behind with 75% of voters coming out in favour of Remain.

Across all the 33 London boroughs, 59.9% voted to remain in the EU with only five boroughs voting Leave.

They were Barking and Dagenham, Bexley, Sutton, Havering and Hillingdon.

The breakdown of how south west London voted is as follows:

Croydon REMAIN 92913 LEAVE 78221

Kingston upon Thames: REMAIN 52,533 LEAVE 32,737

Lambeth: REMAIN 111,584 LEAVE 30,340

Merton: REMAIN 63,003 LEAVE 37,097

Richmond upon Thames: REMAIN 75,396 LEAVE 33,410

Sutton REMAIN 49319 LEAVE 57241

Wandsworth: REMAIN 118,463 LEAVE 39,421

Following the referendum result, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation outside 10 Downing Street this morning.

Pro-Brexit Conservative campaigners including Boris Johnson and Michael Gove had signed a letter overnight urging Mr Cameron to stay on as PM whatever the result.

He is to step down by October, with calls also being made by Labour for Jeremy Corbyn to resign after what was seen by many as a lacklustre attempt to persuade voters to remain.

“The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected,” he said.

“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.

“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 honoured to have been Prime Minister of this country for six years.

“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.

“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 Minister 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.”

Meanwhile the markets have already reacted to the Leave vote as the FTSE 100 Index fell more than 8% in the opening few minutes of trading this morning.

The FTSE’s slump was its biggest one-day fall since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in October 2008 and at one stage the pound fell more than 10%, a level not seen since 1985.

The Bank of England governor Mark Carney said the bank is ready to provide an extra £250 billion of support.

Picture courtesy of Celso FLORES, with thanks

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