Boris Johnson gave his farewell address to the nation, describing himself as a “booster rocket that served its purpose”.
Speaking outside a packed Downing Street, the outgoing Prime Minister said: “That’s it folks.”
Mr Johnson promised to ‘support Liz Truss every step of the way’ and told the Conservative Party that ‘it’s time to get behind’ the new Prime Minister.
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He defended his administration’s achievements, highlighting Brexit, the rollout of the vaccine and the response to the war in Ukraine.
He blamed President Putin for soaring energy costs and said he knew Ms Truss and her government would “do everything possible to get through this crisis”.
Hinting at what he plans to do next, Mr Johnson said: “On the subject of bouncing back into future careers, let me say that I’m now like one of those booster rockets that filled his function.
“And I will now gently re-enter the atmosphere and wade invisibly into a remote and obscure corner of the Pacific.”
Referring to how he was ousted, Mr Johnson said in this Government ‘relay race’ they ‘changed the rules halfway through’.
He continued to compare himself to Cincinnatus – a Roman statesman who resigned and returned to his farm.
“Like Cincinnatus, I am returning to my plow and will offer this government only the strongest support,” Mr Johnson said.
Angela Rayner, the deputy leader of the Labor Party, told Sky News it was a “classic Boris Johnson speech, completely misled by what has happened over the past two years and the crisis in that people face”.
She said there was no acknowledgment of the “scandal and sordidness which has engulfed her party and government for the past two years”.
Mr Johnson was forced to resign after a wave of ministers left his government following a series of controversies, which culminated in the Chris Pincher scandal.
There has been speculation that he will be provocative and chart a return to Trump from the benches.
The outgoing Prime Minister will now travel to Balmoral to formally tender his resignation to the Queen before Liz Truss arrives.
Mrs. Truss was declared winner of the Tory leadership race on Monday and will take on the role of party leader and prime minister after being formally invited by the Queen to form a government.
Monday, she congratulated “my friend” Mr Johnson as she accepted her victory.
“Boris, you got Brexit done, you crushed Jeremy Corbyn, you rolled out the vaccine and you stood up to Vladimir Putin. You were admired from Kyiv to Carlisle,” she said.
On Tuesday afternoon, Ms Truss will return to Westminster, where she will address the country for the first time as Prime Minister before continuing the business of appoint his ministerial team.
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