Boris Johnson’s first speech as PM: The key points

Boris Johnson has entered Downing Street as PM

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Boris Johnson has outlined his plans as Prime Minister in his first speech outside Downing Street.

Only minutes before, he had been asked by the Queen to form a government at Buckingham Palace.

Brexit loomed large over the speech however Mr Johnson has pledged to prove his critics wrong.


On Theresa May

“I pay tribute to the fortitude and patience for 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 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.”


On Brexit

“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’re going to restore trust in our democracy and we’re going to fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October 31, no if’s or but’s.

“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.

“It is of course vital 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.”


On domestic policy

“My job is to make your streets safer. I’m 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 three weeks to see your GP and we start work this week with 20 new hospital upgrades and ensuring that the money for the NHS really does get to the frontline.

“My job is to protect you or your parents or your 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 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.

“Never mind the back stop, 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.”


On himself

“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.

“Though I am today building a great team of men and women, I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see.”