Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London and a prominent proponent of Brexit, is speaking after the UK voted to leave the European Union.
“This Thursday, I believe the British people have spoken up for democracy,” Johnson said, “and I think we should be very proud of the result.”
The vote “does not mean that the UK would be in any way less united,” he said.
Johnson is favoured to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron, who said he would resign before autumn.
“The British people have voted to leave the European Union and their will must be respected,” Cameron said in a press conference Friday morning.
“I will do everything I can to steady the ship over the coming weeks, 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.”
Johnson, who thanked Cameron for holding the referendum, said he agreed with that there is no need to immediately invoke Article 50, the law that needs to be enacted to start negotiations to leave the EU.
The ex-London mayor, surrounded by police, was booed by crowds outside his home as he got into a cab headed to Vote Leave headquarters earlier Friday.
The historic outcome has sent shockwaves through the markets. The pound collapsed to a 30-year-low after several TV news stations called Leave as the winner in the early hours Friday morning in London.
The Bank of England Governor Mark Carney tried to calm fears in a statement Friday morning. “The capital requirements of our largest banks are now 10 times higher than before the financial crisis,” he said, adding that “The Bank of England has stress-tested those banks against scenarios far more severe than our country currently faces,” he said. Carney added said the Bank is “ready to provide more £250 billion of additional capital to its normal operations.”
UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage told ITV’s “Good Morning Britain” that he didn’t know which Conservative politician he would like to step up to be prime minister, but that he doesn’t want the job.
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