Boris Johnson passes torch to Liz Truss with great confidence: ‘Proud to have kept my promises’

Boris Johnson passes torch to Liz Truss with great confidence: ‘Proud to have kept my promises’
Boris Johnson passes torch to Liz Truss with great confidence: ‘Proud to have kept my promises’

Boris Johnson will be heading to the Queen in a moment to pass the baton to Liz Truss. In his final speech, he says the new Conservative government had better become a copy of his.

“That’s it folks”. In Looney Tunesstyle, Johnson waves off at the door of 10 Downing Street. He does so confidently. Liz Truss, the candidate he backed to take over as Conservative party leadership, will do well, he says. Truss now gets party leadership and premiership in one fell swoop.

Johnson doesn’t seem sad. Even against the background of a war and rapidly rising energy prices, he sees it rosy: ‘Truss will do everything it can to get through this crisis. We will win. Putin’s blackmail won’t catch on.” Any step she takes with her new Conservative government can count on Johnson’s support, he said.

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Furthermore, Johnson especially shows that Truss’s government is as close as possible to his own. He therefore sums up his most important achievements: a smooth vaccination campaign, left the EU and fully supported Ukraine in a horrific war. But his chest beating can immediately count on criticism from commentators. For example, Johnson is investing in the NHS health service, which means more nurses are employed and more hospitals were built. An incorrect representation of the facts, according to commentators at The Guardian.

Finally, Johnson thanks those around him. His cabinet, staff and by extension all British. Even his dog and Larry, Downing Street’s house cat, received a thank you note. After his speech, Boris Johnson submitted his resignation to the Queen Elizabeth in Balmoral, Scotland, where she resides.

New British Prime Minister Liz Truss meets the Queen.

Photo: AP

Roman general

In the meantime, Liz Truss has also met the Queen, who has asked her to form a government. Boris Johnson’s premiership has officially ended.

For now anyway. Because in his speech, the Brexit surprised with a reference to Cincinnatus, a Roman general. The man was already retired and plowing his field when asked to serve the country again. He happily put his team aside for a comeback. Does Johnson already allude to a return when he leaves?

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