BORIS Johnson branded himself a “booster rocket that has done its job” in his final speech as Prime Minister today – before asking MPs to rally behind his successor.
In his farewell speech, Boris urged Tory MPs to back Liz Truss after weeks of brutal infighting during the Tory leadership campaign.
He called on the Tory party to unite, saying: “It’s time for politics to be about the people.
“It’s time we all got behind Liz Truss and her team and her program and made a difference for the people of this country.”
BoJo added that his successor will receive “nothing but the most ardent support.”
He said if his dog Dilyn and house cat No 10 Larry could get along, so could Tory MPs.
But in a final dig at mutinous colleagues who dragged him down, Mr Johnson quipped: “The baton is being passed in what has unexpectedly turned out to be a relay race. They changed the rules halfway. But forget that now.”
Referring to the cost of living crisis bringing doom and gloom to Britain, Mr Johnson pledged that the next Conservative government will support those struggling.
He vowed: “We have and will continue to have this economic strength to give people the money they need to get through this energy crisis caused by Putin’s cruel war.”
“I know that Liz Truss and this compassionate Conservative government will do whatever it takes to get people through this crisis and this country will endure it and we will win.”
Speaking from outside Downing Street for the last time, Boris said: “That’s it folks” before comparing himself to a launch vehicle as he said he was “softly” getting back into politics.
Watched by MP allies and his No 10 Staff, the Prime Minister said: “I am now like one of those launch vehicles that has done its job and I will now gently re-enter the atmosphere and splash down invisibly in a remote and obscure corner the Pacific.”
BoJo and Mrs. Truss will now fly to Scotland to meet the Queen at Balmoral Castle.
The Prime Minister will officially step down and the Queen will ‘kiss the hands’ of Mrs Truss, who will appoint her as Prime Minister.
The new Tory leader then delivers the first speech of her term at 4pm from outside No 10.
The Prime Minister was ousted as Tory leader by mutinous MPs in July after a series of scandals plagued his tenure as Prime Minister.
The Owen Patterson affair, Partygate and the handling of the Chris Pincher fumble scandal all led to the prime minister’s downfall.
Today, his top job will be taken by Liz Truss, who defeated rival Rishi Sunak to win the Tory leadership race.
She has promised to cut taxes, downsize the state and help struggling Brits with soaring energy bills.
Ms Truss is expected to announce her new cabinet tonight, but BoJo is unlikely to be selected for a spot at the helm – at least for now.
Mr Johnson said that as a backbencher he would like to focus on the terrible war in Ukraine to ensure it does not slip off the political agenda.
Mr Johnson could make a spectacular comeback if Ms Truss proves to be a flop.
He is still very popular with Tory members and senior MPs in the party.
Several Tories have privately expressed their ‘salesman’s’ regret for abandoning their leader and are discussing ways he could return.
Mr Johnson has refused to rule out another attempt at the top.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/uk-news/6156427/boris-johnson-brands-himself-a-booster-rocket/ Boris Johnson, in his latest PM speech, describes himself as a launch vehicle that “splashes down after it has done its job”.