Eduardo Gonçalves, CEO of the League Against Cruel Sports said: "We’re not yet clear on the impact that leaving the EU will have on animal welfare in the UK but the League Against Cruel Sports will continue its work to stop animals being persecuted in the name of ‘sport’.

"In the meantime, we are hopeful that David Cameron’s resignation announcement today will put an end to attempts to repeal the Hunting Act. Given his achievements in driving the Conservative Party to an overall majority last year, it is regrettable that his tenure was marked by attempts to bring back hunting. 

"We hope that Mr Cameron’s successor will respect the wishes of the British public - and the Conservative Party grassroots - by committing to keeping the Hunting Act.‎ 83 per cent of people want the Act to stay, as do 70 per cent of Conservative voters.”