Boris Johnson He delivered his last speech as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Tuesday. Punctual, at 7:30 a.m. in London, Johnson crossed the door of 10 Downing Street with his wife, Carrie, and spoke energetically, surrounded by his closest collaborators during these three years. “This is it, folks,” he has begun.
I did not have much time. He was flying shortly afterwards to Balmoral, in Scotland, to submit his resignation to Isabel II. This Monday, its foreign minister, Liz Trusswas elected successor by the Conservative Party.
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Despite the apparent enthusiasm, Johnson has not stopped expressing his anger at having to leave office: “They changed the rules halfway through,” he complained, in an indirect allusion to the maneuvers within his party to remove him from office. can. His parties at the official residence while his government imposed restrictions on the population in the worst months of the pandemic -the one known as ‘partygate‘-, among some other scandal, have prematurely ended his term.
But Johnson wanted to look ahead, extolling the new premiereto which he offers his “most fervent support at every step of the way”, and underline what in his opinion are the great achievements of his time in power: ‘Brexit’, the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 – “the fastest in Europe”, he stressed – and support for Ukraine in the “brutal war of Vladimir Putin“.
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The outgoing prime minister says he is proud to have laid “foundations that will stand the test of time, whether it is – he continued – taking back control of our laws or installing vital new infrastructure, a great solid masonry on which we will continue to build together, paving the path to prosperity now and for future generations.
After the solemnity, in his last words he did not miss the usual tone, accompanied by a smile: “Let me say that now I am like one of those rocket boosters that has fulfilled its function and now I will be gently entering the atmosphere and landing invisibly somewhere remote and dark corner of the Pacific”.