Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the UK’s first day of freedom from the European Union as an “amazing moment for this country,” as he, during his New Year address called on Britons to make the most of independence from the EU and come together as one United Kingdom.
Mr Johnson who has repeatedly said the UK will prosper greatly without European laws has set his target on working to make the country to become a ‘science superpower’ to create jobs and prosperity in the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic while saying “This is an amazing moment for this country.
He said, “We have our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it. And I think it will be the overwhelming instinct of the people of this country to come together as one United Kingdom, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland working together to express our values around the world.”
The Prime Minister held his address ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period out of the EU’s single market and customs union at 11 pm last night. Parliament’s iconic Big Ben bell, which was silenced by renovation work, was due to chime to mark the moment having been temporarily re-activated for New Year’s Eve.
Emphasising on the benefit of the breakout from Brussels rules, Mr Johnson said freedom from the EU regulations will make Britain, “free to do trade deals around the world and free to turbocharge our ambition to be a science superpower.”
“From biosciences to artificial intelligence, and with our world-leading battery and wind technology we will work with partners around the world, not just to tackle climate change but to create the millions of high skilled jobs this country will need not just this year, 2021 as we bounce back from Covid, but in the years to come.”
As the UK looks forward to hosting the G7 and COP 26 international summits of world leaders in 2021, Mr Johnson promised, “an open, generous, outward looking, internationalist and free trading global Britain, that campaigns for 12 years of quality education for every girl in the world.”
Mr Johnson’s intentions to sign more trade deal with leaders of the world continue to look even more possible as Woody Johnson, the US ambassador to London, looked forward to building a trans-Atlantic agreement with Britain.
“As Big Ben rings tonight at 11 pm especially for Brexit, the US will be right along with you, toasting the many new possibilities now open to you. The US-UK free trade agreement at the top of my list!” Woody Johnson tweeted.
Eurosceptic Tory MPs hailed the end of the Brexit transition period as a ‘victory for democracy and sovereignty’ last night with Veteran anti-Brussels Tory Sir Bill Cash saying it is a ‘victory for democracy and sovereignty’ that can only be compared in peacetime with the evolution of modern democracy after the end of the Stuart dynasty.
“The victory is one for democracy and for sovereignty and it is a momentous moment which, by any historic standards, can only be compared in peacetime to what happened in the late 1680s and ’90s.
“Which was the removal of the Stuarts, but followed by the new parliamentary constitutional arrangements which were enacted through the Act of Succession with the Hanoverians going on the throne.
“But followed by the evolution of modern democracy which was only ruptured, apart from war, in terms of potential dangers of conquest, but was actually only disrupted by our entry into the European Community on the false prospectus in 1972,” Sir Bill detailed.
Mark Francois, chairman of the European Research Group of Tory Brexiteers, said, “Tonight we get a chance to wave both 2020 and the EU goodbye, within an hour of each other. After a truly terrible year and a great struggle for our liberty, it’s a marvellous example of a buy one, get one free.”
Meanwhile, Tory Eurosceptic Peter Bone said he would be celebrating with French champagne to demonstrate that “we are pro-Europe but anti-EU”.
He said, “It has been a very long campaign and we’ve gone from being looked on as being strange people that wanted to leave this wonderful European Union by the establishment who have always held that view, to being able to campaign and get the support of people to defeat the establishment.”
On the part of Sir John Redwood, who has been a Tory MP for more than 30 years, he felt much relief that the UK stated its wish to be self-governing.
“I never doubted we would win the referendum. I argued that we were being good Europeans by stepping aside from their mighty task to create the United States of Europe. We should wish them well and be friends with them, but the fact that the UK had refused to join the euro showed where our hearts resided, with the wider world and with national democracy.
“Today I feel much relief that our country has been open with our friends in Europe and stated clearly we wish to be self-governing, whilst good friends and allies of theirs. I look forward to 2021 as a year of strong economic recovery, where we can start to use the new freedoms and opportunities now open to global Britain,” Sir John Redwood said.