The Rt Rev John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, joined forces with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, to call on the Christian community to pray for David Cameron, who resigned following the majority decision to leave the European Union in the wake of the recent referendum.
In a joint statement, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York stated: “As those who hope and trust in the living God, let us pray for all our leaders, especially for Prime Minister David Cameron in his remaining months in office. We also pray for leaders across Europe and around the world, as they face this dramatic change. Let us pray especially that we may go forward to build a good United Kingdom that, though relating to the rest of Europe in a new way, will play its part amongst the nations in the pursuit of the common good throughout the world.”
They also called on the UK Government to carry out the will of the people, and decide on the way forward. “The vote to withdraw from the European Union means that now we must all reimagine both what it means to be the United Kingdom in an interdependent world, and what values and virtues should shape and guide our relationships with others.”
The statement was released following the announcement of the referendum results. It highlights that steps need to be taken to unite the nation following a divisive campaign. “As citizens of the United Kingdom, whatever our views during the referendum campaign, we must now unite in a common task to build a generous and forward-looking country, contributing to human flourishing around the world. We must remain hospitable and compassionate, builders of bridges and not barriers. Many of those living among us and alongside us as neighbours, friends and work colleagues come from overseas, and some will feel a deep sense of insecurity. We must respond by offering reassurance, by cherishing our wonderfully diverse society, and by affirming the unique contribution of each and every one.”