Theresa May will succeed David Cameron to become prime minister on Wednesday evening.
Speaking outside 10 Downing Street, David Cameron announced that he would quit as leader of the country after Prime Minister’s Questions on Tuesday and offer his resignation to the Queen on Wednesday afternoon at Buckingham Palace.
“I’m delighted that we’re not going to have a prolonged Conservative leadership election campaign.
“I think Andrea Leadsom has made absolutely the right decision to stand aside, and it’s clear Theresa May has the overwhelming support of the Conservative parliamentary party.
“I’m also delighted that Theresa May will be the next prime minister. She is strong, she is competent and she is more than able to provide the leadership that our country is going to need in the years ahead and she has my full support.”
His decision follows Theresa May’s victory in the Conservative leadership race after Andrea Leadsom pulled out of the contest.
The day after the EU referendum, Cameron said he would quit once a new Tory leader had been decided upon. He has led the UK for six years.