(Bloomberg) – Boris Johnson promised not to waste time implementing Brexit before moving on to “people’s priorities” in funding schools and hospitals.
In his New Year’s message, the Prime Minister promised to finalize Britain’s divorce from the European Union by the end of January, and repeated the campaign message that his Conservative Party won on December 12th for the largest majority in more than three decades of general elections.
“Parliament has already started to legislate. As soon as MPs return to Westminster, we will waste no more time completing the work,” said Johnson. Before the Christmas break, his Brexit deal with Brussels easily cleared his first hurdle in the lower house, and ratification in January should be a formality.
He called on the country to “uncover the division, resentment and uncertainty that dominated public life,” and said the 2020s promise a “remarkable decade” for the United Kingdom.
Johnson appears determined to hold onto Labor voters, who have switched to the Conservatives this time, so that the Tories can win seats in the traditional strongholds of the main opposition party in Northern and Central England. Funding the state’s national health service “will always be my top priority,” said the prime minister, parking his tanks firmly in an area where Labor is usually perceived as beneficial.
“I know that many of you don’t consider yourself natural tories and may just have given me your vote. I am humble about your support and I will work every day to maintain it, ”said Johnson. “I want to assure you that I will be a prime minister for everyone, not just those who voted for me.”
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