Watch: ‘I’m convinced we can do a Brexit deal,’ says new UK PM Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson used his first speech as UK prime minister to express confidence over striking a Brexit deal with Brussels.
Vowing to quit the EU by October 31, he attacked the “doubters, doomsters, gloomsters” who warn over the economic impact of a no-deal Brexit.
Johnson succeeded Theresa May after meeting with the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier on Wednesday.
“I pay tribute to the fortitude and patience of my predecessor and her deep sense of public service,” said Johnson. “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.
“And so 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 are going to fulfil the repeated promises of Parliament to the people and come out of the EU on October the 31st, no ifs or buts.”
Johnson, who led the campaign for the UK to leave the EU, is expected to appoint Dominic Cummings, the campaign director of the official Brexit Vote Leave campaign, as a senior adviser in Downing Street later today.
He will also announce a number of other appointments to his cabinet of senior ministers, but several have already ruled themselves out of the running.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond, May’s de facto deputy David Lidington and leadership race surprise package Rory Stewart have all said they will not serve under Johnson.
The key stumbling block is Johnson’s willingness to leave the EU without a deal, something a majority of MPs in parliament are against too.