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Prime Minister David Cameron is laying the groundwork for his successor to trigger Britain's departure from the European Union and on Monday urged unity among his top ministers, his spokeswoman said. Cameron said on Friday he would resign by October after Britons ignored his advice and voted to leave the 28-member bloc in last week's referendum, unleashing a leadership battle in his ruling Conservatives. It is not the decision-making because it is right that that decision is taken by the prime minister in a new government," adding that Oliver Letwin, a lawmaker and old friend of Cameron's, would be involved with the unit.
Britain's next prime minister will be appointed by Sept. 2 at the latest under a timetable put forward on Monday by the committee responsible for running the leadership contest triggered by David Cameron's decision to resign. "We recommend that the process of electing a new leader of the Conservative Party should commence next week ... and conclude no later than Friday the second of September," said Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 committee of Conservative lawmakers.