British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he will resign and leave his office by October.
His announcement came after Britons ignored his pleas to remain in the European Union in the historic referendum.
"I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination," Cameron said choking back tears outside his 10 Downing Street office.
— Faisal Islam (@faisalislam) 24 June 2016
He gave no detailed timetable, but said there should be a new leader by the time his Conservative Party holds its annual conference in October.
"This is not a decision I've taken lightly but I do believe it is in the national interest to have a period of stability and then the new leadership required.
I think it's right that this new Prime Minister takes the decision about when to trigger article 50 and start the process of leaving the EU."
Meanwhile, Twitter has erupted with some rather waggish tweets after Cameron's announcement:
— Marius Visser (@crazykullid) June 24, 2016
— Luisa Zissman (@TheLuluLife) 24 June 2016
— Mr Lee Jasper (@LeeJasper) June 24, 2016