Boris Johnson's first speech as prime minister in full

Good afternoon. I have just been to see
Her Majesty the Queen, 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 think
that after three years of indecision that this country has become
a prisoner to the old arguments of 2016 and that in this home
of democracy we are incapable of honouring a basic
democratic mandate. And so I am standing before you
today to tell you, the British people, that those critics are wrong. The doubters, the doomsters,
the gloomsters, they are going to get it wrong again. The people who bet against
Britain are going to lose their shirts because we are going to
restore trust in our democracy. And we are going to fulfil
the repeated promises of parliament to the people and
come out of the EU on October 31, no ifs or buts. And we will do
a new deal, a better deal that will maximise 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
honoured me with this extraordinary office of state
my job is to serve you, the people, because if there is one point
we politicians need to remember, it is that the people are our bosses. My job is to make your streets safer
and we are going to begin with another 20,000 police on the
streets and we start recruiting forthwith. My job is to make sure you don’t
have to wait 3 weeks to see your GP and we start work this week
with 20 new hospital upgrades, and ensuring that money for the
NHS really does get to the frontline. 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 are 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, and a higher living wage,
and 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 south east
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 universities,
our scientists, our armed forces, our diplomacy, for the equalities
on which we insist, whether race or gender or LGBT
or the right of every girl in the world to 12 years
of quality education and for the values we stand
for around the world. Everyone knows the values
that flag represents. It stands for freedom and free
speech and habeas corpus and the rule of law. And above all it stands for democracy
and that is why we will come out of the EU on October 31
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. And I say directly to 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 get the
absolute certainty of the right to live and remain. And next I say to our friends
in Ireland, and in Brussels and around the EU, I am convinced
that we can do a deal without checks at the Irish border
because we refuse, under any circumstances to have
such checks 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 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, and the factories will be ready,
and 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 the extra lubrication
of the £39 billion. And whatever deal we do we will prepare
this autumn for an economic package to boost British business and to lengthen
this country’s lead 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 really 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 all those who say
we cannot be ready, I say do not underestimate
this country. Do not underestimate our powers
of organisation 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 the battery technology that will help cut CO2
and tackle climate change and produce green jobs
for the next generation. And as we prepare for a post-Brexit
future it is time we looked not at the risks but at
the opportunities that are upon us. So let us begin work now
to create freeports 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 lift 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, outward-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.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Boris Johnson's first speech as prime minister: 'No ifs, no buts – out on 31 October' – live news ►

  2. Did I just hear that right at 9:26 ? He's 'liberating' Britain's Bio-Science sector from ANTI genetic modification rules?! Erm… sure, what's the worst that could happen? I'm sure everyone's looking forward to some tasty genetically modified bio-engineered vegetable matter with their sterile chlorinated chicken. And once we have eroded all those commercially inconvenient high standards that the evil EU enforce on us we can finally import produce as mouth-wateringly unwholesome and unnatural as the US enjoys. We are finally swapping the EU for the US and I know I can't wait! Our children love us, they'll forgive us.

  3. The "indecision" mention in the first minute of this video reminds me of soulDecision, the late 1990s-early 2000s Canadian pop musical troupe. The song "Faded" by soulDecision, to be more precise. I feel hopeful times ahead…hopefully.

  4. Meanwhile we have macron who's worsening the situation day after day to plunge the country into chaos, very happy for you i hope he'll hold his promises. At least you've got a true British prime minister.

  5. WELL SAID BORIS 👍 I’ve been waiting for this for a long long time

    I feel a little hope again for our country


  6. 'We, in this Government, will work flat out to give this country the leadership it deserves. Therefore, I have come the the conclusion that I shall step down right now. Thank you very much.'

  7. Very funny, how we will trust a man who lied before brixit referendum and now he promise things that he can not and will never achieve.
    Very sad for GREAT BRITAIN to have such a cheap leader

  8. Congratulations to the UK, it seems like the UK now has Prime Minister with a spine again, and 3 years after BREXIT Vote it’s about time! Hopefully in 99 days or less, the UK may be free again to walk their own path!


  10. Borys be strong fighting communists from EU and domestic Marxists . Only you and the magic you have inside you can restore the balance .

  11. Well done Boris! Now all the London based, left wing Guardian reading remoaners will be crying into their Brie sandwiches this lunch time, whilst looking at pictures of Corbyn on their phones 😂 and that makes me happy!

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