(ANSA) – LONDON, JUL 21 – A long written declaration to the House of Commons, one of those usually used by British prime ministers in the event of national emergencies or important announcements, to claim black and white his legacy in spite of the scandals , of the internal conflicts in the Tory parish and of the winds of crisis that have decreed its exit from Downing Street. It is the act with which Boris Johnson today sealed the end of the parliamentary session before the summer break that begins tomorrow: a break at the end of which, on 5 September, he will be formally replaced as premier by those who will assume the leadership of the majority party in the meantime. in the run-off expected for the next few weeks between his foreign minister, Liz Truss, and his former chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak.
Johnson – who yesterday had the swan song himself in the last Question Time as head of the government, allowing himself a mocking quote from the movie Terminator 2 (“hasta la vista, baby”) interpreted by some tabloids as a suggestion of a hypothetical future return , who knows – in the written declaration he again said he was “proud of the results” of his three years as prime minister. Listing in detail what has been done, starting with the implementation of Brexit, the response to an epochal emergency such as the Covid pandemic and the front row support among Western allies for Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion. He then recalled the commitments made by the Tories with the voters under his leadership in the overwhelming political elections in December 2019, evoking a substantial continuity on the part of those who will replace him. “I know that the conservative government that will follow us will, as usual, face the challenges of the moment with a spirit of service to the British people”, he concluded.
Johnson is still grappling, as a deputy, with the awaited internal investigation by the Parliamentary Commission on standards relating to the Partygate, confirmed for the autumn despite his resignation as premier. (HANDLE).
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