PM hails new chap­ter for a pros­per­ous Bri­tain

Daily Express - - Front Page - By Sam Lis­ter Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

BORIS Johnson her­alded a “decade of pros­per­ity” yes­ter­day while wel­com­ing in the New Year with an op­ti­mistic mes­sage.

The Prime Min­is­ter hailed the 2020s as a new chap­ter for the UK, with Brexit

paving the way to a land of hope and glory.

Mr Johnson, who swept to power in last month’s Gen­eral Elec­tion thanks to sup­port in tra­di­tional Labour heart­lands, promised to bring the coun­try to­gether by be­ing a PM “for ev­ery­one”.

In his bold ad­dress, he told Re­main­ers and vot­ers who backed other par­ties that he will work with them as “friends and equals” to build a bright fu­ture.

Mr Johnson said: “I know that many of you do not con­sider your­self nat­u­ral Tories and may only have lent me your vote. I am hum­bled by your sup­port and will work ev­ery day to keep it.

“I am also acutely aware that there are mil­lions of peo­ple who did not vote for me and were dis­ap­pointed by the re­sult.

“If you are one of them, I want to re­as­sure you that I will be a Prime Min­is­ter for ev­ery­one, not just those who voted for me.

“I know that you love this coun­try no less, sim­ply be­cause you voted for an­other party or Re­main.

“More than that, I want to work with you, as friends and equals, as we build the fu­ture this United King­dom de­serves. So let us to­gether

make the 2020s a decade of pros­per­ity and op­por­tu­nity.”

Big Ben, which has been si­lenced to al­low main­te­nance work to be car­ried out, was re­con­nected so it could chime at mid­night to see in the New Year.

And Mr Johnson said the “start­ing gun” had been fired on “a fan­tas­tic year and a

re­mark­able decade”, promis­ing to work his “socks off” to de­liver on the pri­or­i­ties of the public.

He added: “As we say good­bye to 2019, we can also turn the page on the divi­sion, ran­cour and un­cer­tainty which has dom­i­nated public life and held us back for far too long. We can start a new chap­ter in the his­tory of our coun­try, in which we come to­gether and move for­ward united, un­leash­ing the enor­mous po­ten­tial of the Bri­tish peo­ple.”

The PM is on hol­i­day with his girl­friend Car­rie Sy­monds on the pri­vate is­land of Mus­tique in the Caribbean.

Top of the agenda upon his re­turn is to de­liver Brexit by the end of Jan­uary.

The With­drawal Agree­ment to make that hap­pen has al­ready been in­tro­duced in the Com­mons. It will con­tinue its pas­sage through Par­lia­ment when MPs and peers re­turn from the Christ­mas break next week.

Mr Johnson said: “So we’ll get Brexit done be­fore the end of this month.

“At long last we will take back con­trol of our laws, bor­ders, money and trade.”

He added the Gov­ern­ment “can spend 2020 get­ting on with de­liv­er­ing on the peo­ple’s pri­or­i­ties” – with boost­ing NHS fund­ing No1 on his list.

Michel Barnier, EU Brexit ne­go­tia­tor, used his New Year ad­dress to send a mes­sage to Bri­tain. He in­sisted Brus­sels wants “to build a new, strong and fair part­ner­ship” in trade talks with its “close friend and ally”.

Pic­ture: GETTY

Boris Johnson has promised to build a bright fu­ture for Bri­tain

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