Outgoing UK PM Cameron urges successor May to stay close to EU

LONDON - Outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron urged his successor Theresa May to position Britain as close to the European Union as possible, in his final weekly question session in parliament.

Cameron is due to hand over to May later on Wednesday after Britons ignored his wishes and voted to leave the 28-member bloc in last month's referendum. "My advice to my successor, who is a brilliant negotiator, is that we should try to be as close to the European Union as we can be for the benefits of trade, cooperation and of security,"he said. "The channel will not get any wider once we leave the European Union and that is the relationship we should seek. That would be good for the United Kingdom and good for Scotland." He was replying to a question about Scotland, where most of the electorate voted to stay in the EU in the referendum.