May 11th, 2010
02:25 PM ET
13 years ago

U.K.'s Brown to resign, recommend Cameron for Prime Minister


 Clouds gather over Westminster in London on Tuesday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

LONDON, England (CNN) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has told Queen Elizabeth he intends to resign and will recommend that David Cameron be tapped as his replacement, he announced Tuesday.

A day after he said he would step down as leader of his party by the fall, he sped up the timetable, announcing he is quitting his party post immediately.

His party came in second, behind the Conservatives, in parliamentary elections last week, but no party won an absolute majority.

The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have been in negotiations since the elections on Thursday. Together they would command a majority in the House of Commons, but they differ widely on many key policies.

In his brief resignation statement, Brown said he loved the job of prime minister not for pomp and ceremony, but "for its potential to make this country I love fairer, more tolerant, more green, more democratic, more prosperous and more just."

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Fair is Fair

    Another lib government bites the dust.

    May 11, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. seebofubar

    Even England knows that liberalism doesn't work. We're just a little behind times here in the US.

    May 11, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Eric

    Hey can you get Brown to call Barry Dunham and talk some sense into HIM too?

    May 11, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Steve (the real one)

    This picture looks like something out of a horror movie! The black cloud, the bird, the centuries old buildings! Wonder if it has anything to do with socialism?

    May 11, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. Marlene

    It is informative to watch the British political system change party leadership, thus Prime Minister. It should be a reminder to American's that our political system is starkly different. The Queen gives the party leader the OK to try to form a coalition to rule. Deal making rules! Marlene in Mich

    May 11, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |