BORIS Johnson has fired the starting gun on a “remarkable decade” of prosperity as he promised to be a “Prime Minister for everyone”.
In a New Year’s message, the PM pledged to kick-start the roaring twenties by ending the “division, rancour and uncertainty” which has plagued Britain.
He vowed to start a “new chapter” in Britain’s history by delivering Brexit, beefing up the NHS, and pumping cash into schools.
Holding out an olive branch to his critics, Boris also promised to try to heal the country’s bitter divisions by governing in the interests of all Brits.
In an upbeat message to the country, the PM said: “That distinctive sound you may have heard at midnight as the bongs of Big Ben faded away was not the popping of champagne corks or the crackle of fireworks from your neighbour’s garden.
“Rather it was the starting gun being fired on what promises to be a fantastic year and a remarkable decade for our United Kingdom.
“As we say goodbye to 2019 we can also turn the page on the division, rancour and uncertainty which has dominated public life and held us back for far too long.
“We can start a new chapter in the history of our country, in which we come together and move forward united, unleashing the enormous potential of the British people.”
Bojo said finally delivering Brexit at the end of January is his number one priority. And laying out an ambitious vision for 2020, he set out plans to give the NHS its biggest cash injection ever, renew Britain’s schools and invest in the country’s infrastructure.
While he promised to strengthen the union of the United Kingdom in the face of Nicola Sturgeon’s threat to tear it apart with another Scottish independence referendum.
In a stirring message delivered just weeks after winning a shock landslide victory, Mr Johnson thanked voters for placing their trust in him.
He said: “Your decisiveness at the ballot box, your determination to drive an electoral bulldozer through the deadlock and paralysis, that has unblocked Parliament and delivered a people’s government dedicated to serving you.”
And striking a conciliatory tone, he offered to work with his critics to heal the divisions which have ravaged Britain over the past 12 months.
In a message to the millions who did not vote Tory on December 12, he said: “If you are one of them, I want to reassure you that I will be a Prime Minister for everyone, not just those who voted for me.
“I know that you love this country no less, simply because you voted for another party or wanted to Remain.
“More than that, I want to work with you, as friends and equals, as we build the future this United Kingdom deserves.
“So let’s together make the 2020s a decade of prosperity and opportunity.”