As a result of the United Kingdom’s 52% to 48% decision to leave the European Union, prime minister David Cameron will leave office by Oct. 2016, according to the BBC.
It is a fate the prime minister sealed for himself. Cameron opened the door for an EU referendum with a Jan. 2013 speech delivered at Bloomberg’s London headquarters: “I am in favor of a referendum. I believe in confronting this issue—shaping it, leading the debate. Not simply hoping a difficult situation will go away.”
According to the Financial Times, the setting for that decision a pizzeria at Chicago’s O’Hare International airport. There, Cameron met with British foreign secretary William Hague and Downing Street chief of staff Ed Llewellyn.
Though the prime minister has been staunchly opposed to holding a referendum on British EU membership, he nevertheless decided one was necessary for the survival of the Conservative party as it faced a threat from far-right, protectionist United Kingdom Independence Party.
The FT’s George Parker and Alex Barker described it as a “kick the can down the road” party-management exercise. Instead, it ended with a party leader kicked out of office.
(h/t Andrew Edgecliff-Johnson)