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'The buck stops here' – Boris Johnson's first speech as Prime Minister

'The buck stops here' - Boris Johnson's first speech as Prime Minister

sigh here he come for Sultan pops the moment of his life [Applause] good afternoon I have just been to see her Majesty the cream who has invited me to form a government and I have accepted I pay tribute to the fortitude and patience of my predecessor and her deep sense of public service but in spite of all her efforts it has become clear that there are pessimists at home and abroad who will think after three years of indecision that this country has become a prisoner to the old arguments of 2016 and in this home of democracy we are incapable of honouring a Democratic mandate and so I am standing before you today to tell you the British people that those critics are wrong the doubters the doom stirs the glue stirs they are going to get it wrong again the people who bet against Britain are going to lose their shirts but their's willing to restore trust in our democracy and we're going to fulfill the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31st no ifs or buts and we will do a new deal a better deal that will maximize the opportunities of brexit while allowing us to develop a new and exciting partnership with the rest of Europe based on free trade and mutual support I have every confidence that in 99 days time we will have cracked it but you know what we aren't going to wait 99 days because the British people have had enough of waiting the time has come to act to take decisions to give strong leadership and to change this country for the better and though the Queen has just honored me with this extraordinary Office of State my job is to serve you the people because there if there's one point we politicians need to remember it is that the people are our bosses my job is to make your streets safer and willingham in with another twenty thousand police on the streets and we start recruiting forthwith my job is to make sure you don't have to wait three weeks to see your GP and we start work this week with twenty new hospital upgrades and ensuring that the money for the NHS really does get to the front line my job is to protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care and so I am announcing now on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve my job is to make sure your kids get a superb education wherever they are in the country and that's why we have already announced that we're going to level up per pupil funding in primary and secondary schools and that is the work that begins immediately behind that black door and though I am today building a great team of men and women I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see never mind the backstop the buck stops here and I will tell you something else about my job it is to be Prime Minister of the whole United Kingdom and that means uniting our country answering at last the plea of the Forgotten people and the left behind towns by physically and literally renewing the ties that bind us together so that with safer streets and better education and fantastic new road and rail infrastructure and full fibre broadband we level up across Britain with higher wages of higher living wage higher productivity we close the opportunity gap giving millions of young people the chance to own their own homes and giving business the confidence to invest across the UK because it is time we unleashed the productive power not just of London and the southeast but of every corner of England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland the awesome foursome that are incarnated in that red white and blue flag who together are so much more than the sum of their parts and whose brand and political personality is admired and even loved around the world for our inventiveness for our humour for our University's scientists our armed forces our diplomacy for the equalities on which we insist where the race or gender or LGBT or the right of every girl in the world to 12 years of quality education for the values we stand for around the world every not everyone knows the values that flag represents it stands for freedom and free speech and habeas corpus in the rule of law and above all it stands for democracy and that is why we will come out of the EU on October the 31st because in the end brexit was a fundamental decision by the British people that they wanted their laws made by people that they can elect and they can remove from office and we must now respect that decision and create a new partnership with our European friends as warm as close and as affectionate as possible and the first step is to repeat unequivocally our guarantee to the 3.2 million EU Nationals now living and working among us will I say directly to you thank you thank you for your contribution to our society thank you for your patience and I can assure you that under this government you will have the absolute certainty of the right to live and remain and I say next to our friends in Ireland and in Brussels and around the EU I am convinced we can do a deal without checks of the Irish border because we refuse under any circumstances to have such cheques and yet without that anti-democratic backstop and it is of course vital at the same time that we prepare for the remote possibility that Brussels refuses any further to negotiate and we are forced to come out with no deal not because we want that outcome of course not but because it is only common sense to prepare and let me stress that there is a vital sense in which those preparations cannot be wasted and that is because our under under any circumstances we will need to get ready at some point in the near future to come out of the EU customs union and out of regulatory control fully determined at last to take advantage of brexit because that is the course on which this country is now set with high hearts and growing confidence we will now accelerate the work of getting ready and the ports will be ready and the banks will be ready in the factories will be ready in business will be ready and the hospitals will be ready and our amazing food and farming sector will be ready and waiting to continue selling ever more not just here but around the world and don't forget that in the event of a No Deal outcome we will have that extra lubrication of the 39 billion pounds and whatever deal we do we will prepare this autumn for an economic package to boost British business and to lengthen this country's leave as the number one destination in this continent for overseas investment and to all those who continue to prophesy disaster I say yes there will be difficulties though I believe that with energy and application they will be far less serious than some have claimed but if there is one thing that has rarely sapped the confidence of business over the last three years it is not the decisions we have taken it is our refusal to take decisions and to those who say we cannot be ready I say do not underestimate this country do not underestimate our powers of organization and our determination because we know the enormous strengths of this economy in Life Sciences in tech in academia in music the arts culture financial services it is here in Britain that we are using gene therapy for the first time to treat the most common form of blindness here in Britain that we are leading the world in battery technology that will help cut co2 and tackle climate change and produce green jobs for next generation and as we prepare for a post brexit future it is time we look not at the risks but at the opportunities that are upon us so let us begin work now to create free ports that will drive growth and thousands of high-skilled jobs in left-behind areas let's start now to liberate the UK's extraordinary bioscience sector from anti genetic modification rules and let's develop the blight resistant crops that will feed the world let's get going now on our own position navigation and timing satellite and Earth Observation systems UK assets orbiting in space with all the long-term strategic and commercial benefits for this country let's change the tax rules to provide extra incentives to invest in capital and research and let's promote the welfare of animals that has always been so close to the hearts of the British people and yes let's start now on those free trade deals because it is free trade that has done more than anything else to leave billions out of poverty all this and more we can do now and only now at this extraordinary moment in our history and after three years of unfounded self-doubt it is time to change the record to recover our natural and historic role as an enterprising awkward-looking and truly global Britain generous in temper and engaged with the world no one in the last few centuries has succeeded in betting against the pluck and nerve and ambition of this country they will not succeed today we in this government will work flat-out to give this country the leadership it deserves and that work begins now thank you very much [Applause]

47 thoughts on “'The buck stops here' – Boris Johnson's first speech as Prime Minister

  1. England needs a strong un compromising leader and Boris is the only person with enough b*locks to give it a go. Britain's a shell at the moment it needs leadership and the chance to believe in itself again👍

  2. Only a complete lunatic would want the job of British Prime minister at this point. So they found one.

  3. It's not a buck if it has a spirally horn on its head.

    And if the 'buck' doesn't stop he will find a goat… a scapegoat.

  4. The grooming gangs and their fake religion need to FIRST exit the UK. Khan and his henchman need to go back to their beloved homeland of PAKISTAN.

  5. why has it took so long to honour a vote. the undemocratic remoaners that have killed democracy
    the once for the working class, and now the new muslim party labour, with there hatred of israel and the jews
    this is a democratic country, we have had the vote. and out we go


  7. Unfortunately Boris Johnson will come up against the same implacable wall in Parliament that torpedoed anything TM tried to do. Identity politics kill nations.

  8. Live now in commons boris made first addressas pm. Very hopeful and upbeat while jeremy is same old same old dragging us down.
    Msg to jeremy….we need hope and optimism now after three yrs of grim news.

  9. They loved Margaret Thatcher until the poll tax riots.Remember the Scottish experiment that that led the call for independence " can't pay won't pay".The new leader put there not by the people,just 94 k conservatives who forgot the Thatcher poll tax.I look at Boris I see the establishment continuing with the human rights crime of manufactured artificial schizophrenia.
    It's not a joke but it's a real life clockwork organge still secret.Remember the end,Remember the end.Everyones a hypocrite.

  10. That's the sort of speech I was pleased to hear . The protesters are time wasting losers who don't want this country succeed.
    " Sail on of ship of State , sail on o union strong and great . Humanity with all its fears , with all the hope of future years. Are hanging breathless on thy fate "
    Longfellow as quoted by Churchill.

  11. Boris 'the kipper' blojob, prime minister by default. Compare and contrast blojob's outrage at the blair-brown transition with his own accession, elected with 90,000 votes in a population of 70 million.

  12. EU never wanted to make a decent deal. Lets just go without one and make sure parliament doesn't block that. They have delayed enough in hopes of reversing article 50.

  13. 39 BILLION Pounds. Has anyone with an IQ above single digits in the UK rolled that sum around in their pea brains? My gawd, that is an obscene amount of money. The question that should be asked is simply this: Who will wind up benefiting from so much money? Will it be the poor bloke in the pub who can't afford a second pint, or will it be the people who filter thru that black door, kiss the right rings, and operate behind a government armed with the Official Secrets Act to cover their well-healed backsides?

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