“The past few years have been the greatest blessing of my life. It’s true that it helped me get very ‘Tory’ [conservadora] The biggest overhaul of UK politics in 40 years. We changed our democracy and restored our national independence,” said the politician, who will step down as prime minister in September.
In a reference to Ukraine, Johnson also said he had helped the country “overcome an epidemic and save another country from barbarism.”
“Obviously, that’s enough for now. Mission pretty much accomplished, for now”, he concluded his speech with the phrase “Hasta la vista, baby”, which became iconic after being used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991).
When he left, Johnson received a standing ovation from the Conservative backbenches, but unlike other former Conservative prime ministers such as David Cameron, he was not applauded by the opposition.
Labor leader Keir Starmer opened by wishing Boris Johnson and his family “the best of luck for the future”, admitting the relationship between the main opposition force and the head of government was “not easy”.
But he did not spare his rival in his farewell speech, with none of the candidates for succession saying “a decent thing” about the current conservative leader and all of them criticizing the executive during televised debates.
Keir Starmer refers to Foreign Secretary Liz Truss as recognizing the need to change current British economic policy, with Secretary of State for Trade Benny Mordant lamenting that the government is “not doing enough”. , and former finance minister Rishi Sunak felt voters lacked confidence in administrators.
All three politicians are currently contesting the sixth and final round of the Conservative Party leadership. Today’s round aims to narrow the race to two candidates, who will face a final vote by the party’s rank and file across the country in August.
The winner will be announced on September 5 and automatically becomes prime minister, with no need for a national election.
“I think the message coming out of this leadership election is very clear. They got us into this mess and they don’t know how to get out of it.
Scottish National Party (SNP) leader Ian Blackford thanked the Prime Minister “personally” for increasing support for independence, despite opinion polls showing Scotland is divided on the issue.
‘Tories’ ‘Brexit’ cuts £31billion [36.000 milhões de euros] Economically, the biggest drop in living standards since the 1970s. People’s wages, in real terms, have fallen at the fastest rate in history. The worst economic growth forecast in the G20 outside of Russia and the highest inflation in the last 40 years”, he alleged.
Liberal Democrat leader Ed Davey backed a general election to legitimize a new prime minister, to which Boris Johnson offered some advice saying “whatever it is”.
“Number one, stay close to the Americans and stand up for the Ukrainians, stand up for freedom and democracy everywhere,” Boris Johnson began, adding that he must “cut taxes and deregulate wherever he can to do it.” [país] Great place to live and invest.”
In a veiled criticism of Rishi Sunak, Johnson said he “loved” the Treasury but defended investment in infrastructure to stimulate the economy, saying if they had always heeded warnings about increased public spending “we wouldn’t have built. The [autoestrada] M25 or Channel Tunnel”.
“Focus on the road ahead. But always remember to look in the rear-view mirror. Above all, remember that we’re the ones who sent us here, not Twitter.”
The election was triggered among British Conservatives when Johnson resigned as Conservative leader two weeks ago.
Boris Johnson will remain in office until a replacement is elected.