Boris Johnson called David Cameron 'extraordinary' following his resignation as Prime Minister and hailed the UK's exit from the EU as a 'glorious opportunity'.
The Brexit campaign leader spoke this morning after David Cameron said he will quit by October following the UK's vote to leave the European Union. Mr Cameron said the country needed fresh leadership after 17,410,742 people voted to leave the EU, compared with 16,141,241 for remain.
Mr Johnson said: "I have known David Cameron for a long time and he has been one of the most extraordinary prime ministers of our time.
"The public hires us to take tough decisions but this year we gave them one of the biggest and toughest questions of all.
"They have decided to take back control. In voting to leave it is vital to stress there is no need for haste. This does not mean the UK will be any less united, nor any less European.
"We cannot turn our backs on Europe, we are part of Europe. I want to reassure everybody this nation will continue to be a great European power."
But he added there was no need to be part of a political system based out of Brussels that is "imitated nowhere else in the world."
He said: "We now have a glorious opportunity. We can find our voice in the world again."