David Cameron says he will step down as prime minister after Britons voted to leave the European Union. Paul Chapman reports.
Very soon after it was known Britain had voted to leave the European Union, David Cameron announced he would step down as prime minister. (SOUNDBITE)(English) UK PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON SAYING: "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. This is not a decision I've taken lightly but I do believe it's in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required." In London, where a majority of residents voted to stay in the EU, the reaction to the outcome of the referendum was mostly one of shock. (SOUNDBITE)(English) LAURA CLARKE, COMMUTER, SAYING: "I think it's completely idiotic, I think it's economic insanity." (SOUNDBITE)(English) TOM CROOKE, COMMUTER, SAYING: "I was very surprised when I saw it this morning." (SOUNDBITE)(English) STEVE KENNEDY, COMMUTER, SAYING: "It's just gone on too long, it's become something it's not meant to be." The so-called Brexit vote is the biggest blow to the European project of greater unity since World War Two and has led to calls in France and the Netherlands for similar polls.