Mr. Brown resigned as British Prime Minister tonight and wished his successor – Conservatives leader David Cameron – well.
Mr. Brown, his voice cracking with emotion, also said tonight that he was resigning immediately as Labor leader.
He said it had been “a privilege to serve”.
“Only those who have held the office of prime minister can understand the full weight of its responsibilities and its great capacity for good,” he said.
“I have been privileged to learn much about the very best in human nature and a fair amount too about its frailties – including my own.”
He thanked his wife Sarah for her “unwavering support and love”.
Mr. Brown said he had “loved the job, not for its prestige, its titles and its ceremony, which I do not love at all.
“No, I loved the job for its potential to make this country I love fairer, more tolerant, more green, more democratic, more prosperous, more just – truly a greater Britain.”
He also paid tribute to the armed forces, saying: “Now that the political season is over, let me stress that having shaken their hands and looked into their eyes, our troops represent all that is best in our country and I will never forget all those who have died in honor and whose families today live in grief.”
He paid tribute to colleagues and staff, who had been “friends as well as brilliant servants of the country”.
Mr. Brown’s final words were: “Thank you, and goodbye.”