tv British Prime Minister Boris Johnsons First Statement in Parliament CSPAN July 28, 2019 10:22pm-11:01pm EDT
deserves. and that work begins now. thank you very much. [applause ] >> on thursday, british prime minister boris johnson delivered his first speech at the parliament. he talked about his goal of britain's departure by the october 31 deadline. this is a little more than 30 minutes. >> order. statements from the prime minister. prime minister johnson: mr. speaker, on the mission of this
new conservative government. but before you begin i'm sure the whole house will join me in paying tribute to my right honorable friend, the maidenhead, for the service given to our nation, attacking the problems of mental ill health. she has a great legacy for which we shall all be proud. our mission is to deliver brexit on the 31st of october for the purpose of uniting and reenergizing our great united kingdom and making this country the greatest place on earth. and when i say the greatest place on earth some may accuse me of hyperbole. but you imagine the trajectory on which we could now be embarked. it is more than possible that the united kingdom will be the greatest and most prosperous
economy in europe at the center of a new network of trade deals which we have pioneered. we've proposed to make now the investments in broadband and 5-g. our country will unleash the productive power of the whole united kingdom not just london in the southeast but in every corridor of england, scotland, wales and northern ireland. we will have closed forever the productivity gap and see that no town is left behind ever again. no community ever forgotten. our children and grandchildren will be living longer, happen -- happier, and healthier lives. and our kingdom by 2050 -- the previous prime minister will make no contribution whatsoever
to the destruction of our precious planet by carbon emissions. we will deliver that next zero target. we will be the home of electric cars, planes, powered by british made battery technology being developed right here, right now. we will have the ports to revitalize our coastal communities. a biosector community, liberated from rules. crops that will feed the world and satellite system that will be the envy of the world. we will be the seabed for the most exciting and most dynamic business investment on the planet. our constitutional -- >> order. apologize for interrupting the prime minister. there's far too much noise in this chamber. and far too many members who think it's all right to shout out their opinions at the prime minister.
well, let's be clear, it isn't. the statement will be heard and there will be ample opportunity in conformity with convention and established by the last decade for colleagues to question the prime minister. but the statement will be heard and it will be heard with courtesy. the prime minister. prime minister johnson: mr. speaker, i applaud. there's far too much negativity you about the potential of our great country, i think you'll agree, mr. speaker. our constitutional, our united kingdom will be secure. our union of nations beyond question. our democracy robust, our future clean, green, prosperous, united, confident, and ambitious. that is the price and that is
our responsibility in the house of commons to do so. the first is to restore trust in our democracy. and fulfill the repeated promises of parliament to the people by coming out of the european union and doing so on october 31. i and all ministers are committed to leading whatever the circumstances and to do otherwise would cause a catastrophic loss of confidence in our political system. it would leave the british people wondering whether their politicians could ever be trusted again to follow a clear democratic instruction. i would prefer us to leave the e.u. with a deal. i would much prefer it. i believe that it is possible even at this late stage -- and i will work flat out to make it happen, but certain things need to be clear. the withdrawal agreement negotiated by my predecessor has been three times rejected by this house. its terms are unacceptable to this parliament and to this country. no country that values its
independence and its self-respect could agree to a treaty which signed away our economic independence and self-government as this does. if an agreement is to be reached, it must be clearly understood that the way of the deal goes by the abolition of the backdrop. we are ready to negotiate in good faith and alternative with provisions to ensure that the irish border issues are dealt with, which they always should have been in the negotiations on the future agreement between the u.k. and the e.u. i do not accept the argument that says these issues can only be solved by all or part of the u.k. remaining in the customs union. the evidence is that other arrangements are perfectly
possible and are also perfectly compatible, perfectly compatible with the belfast or good friday agreement to which we are of course steadfastly committed. i, my team, and my right honorable friend, the secretary of the state of the european union are ready to meet and talk on this basis and to the commission colleagues wherever and whenever they are ready to do so and for our part, we will throw ourselves into these negotiations with the greatest energy and determination and in the spirit of friendship. and i hope that the e.u. will be equally ready and that they will rethink their current refusal to make any changes to the withdrawal agreement. if they do not, if they do not, we will, of course, have to
leave the e.u. without an agreement under article 50. the u.k. is better prepared for that situation than many believe, but we are not as ready yet, as we should be. in the 98 days that remain we must turbocharge our preparations to make sure there's as little disruption as possible to our national life. in these circumstances, we would, of course, have available the 39 billion pounds in the withdrawal agreement to help deal with any consequences. i have today instructed the chancellor of the duchess of lan -- chancellor of lancaster to make these preparations as top priority. i have offered cabinet secretaries to mobilize the civil service to deliver it should it become necessary.
and the chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. i will also ensure 4.2 billion -- i will also ensure that preparing for leaving the e.u. without an agreement under article 50 is not just about seeking to mitigate the challenges but also about grasping the opportunity. this is not just about technical preparations. vital though they are. it's about having a clear economic strategy for the u.k. in all scenarios. something in which the conservative party has always led the way. and it's about producing policies that will boost the competitiveness and productivity of our economy when we are free
of the e.u. regulations. indeed, mr. speaker, we will begin right away on working to change the tax rules to provide extra incentives to invest in capital and with research. we will now be accelerating the talks on those free trade deals, and we will prepare an economic package to boost british business and lengthen this country's lead, which seems so fittedly resented by the opposite. as the number one destination in this continent for overseas investments. made possible at least partly by the diversity, the talent, and the skills of our workforce. mr. speaker, i want to repeat unequivocally, to the 3.2 million e.u. nationals, i thank them for their contributions and for their patience and i will ensure them they will have the certainty to have the right to live and remain. mr. speaker, i want to end by making clear my absolute commitment to the 31th october date for our exit. our national participation in the european union is coming to an end and that reality needs to
be recognized by all parties , and indeed, mr. speaker, today there are very many brilliant officials, u.k. officials trapped in brussels and in luxembourg where they could be better deployed, deploying their talents and preparing to pioneer new free trade deals. or promoting a truly global britain. i want to start unshackling our officials to undertake this new mission right away. third, we will not nominate a u.k. commissioner for the new commission taking office on the first of december, under no circumstances. clearly this is not intended to stop the e.u. appointing a new commission.
mr. speaker, today is the first day of a new approach, which will end our commitment to exit the e.u. on the 31th of october. then, i hope we can have a friendly, constructive relationship as equals, as friends, partners in facing the challenges that lie ahead. i believe that is possible, and this government will work to make it so. but, mr. speaker, we are not going to wait until the 31st of october to begin building the bolder future that i described. we are going to start right away, providing vital funding, vital funding for our public services, to deliver better health care, better education and more police on the streets. mr. speaker, i'm making sure they will receive the funds promised by the last government, and these funds will go to the front line as soon as possible. this will include urgent funding and winter readiness.
i asked officials to provide policy proposals to reduce waiting lines and appointments. to address the rising tide of violent crime in our country, announced there will be 20,000 extra police and i offered my right honorable friend, mr. secretary, to make sure this is treated as an absolute priority. the police will use stop and search to help tackle violent crime. i also tasked officials to draw proposals to ensure those found guilty of the most serious sexual and violent offenses are required to serve a custodial sentence that truly reflects the severity of their offenses and policy measures -- and policy measures that will see reduction in the number of offenders. i have listened to the concerns of so many colleagues and we will increase the minimum level
of those in funding in primary and secondary schools by the end of this parliament. we are committed, we are committed across every nation and region of the u.k. providing support towns and cities in closing the opportunity gap. we will make investments in vital infrastructure with transport and housingo improve the quality of people's lives fuel economic growth and provide opportunity. finally, we'll ensure we'll continue to attract the best and brightest talent from around the world. no one believes more strongly than me in the benefits of migration to our country. but i am clear that our immigration system must change. for years, politicians promised
the public an australian style system and today i will deliver on those promises. i will ask the migration advisory committee to conduct a review of that system as the first step in a radical rewriting, in a radical rewriting of our immigration system. i am convinced we can produce a system that the british public can have confidence in. mr. speaker, over the past few years, too many people in this country, too many people in this country feel they have been told repeatedly and religiously what we cannot do. since i was a child, i remember respectable authorities asserting that our time as a nation has passed, that we should be content with mediocrity and manage decline. and time and again -- time and again, these are the -- these are all skeptics and doubters.
time and again by their powers to innovate and to adapt the british people to show the doubters wrong. mr. speaker, i believe this is a pivotal moment in our national story. we are going to prove the doubters wrong again. not just with positive thinking and a can-do attitude, as important as they are, but with the help and encouragement of a government and cabinet that's bursting with new ideas, determined to implement the policies that we need to succeed as a nation. the greatest place to live -- the greatest place to bring up a family, the greatest place to send your kids to school, the greatest place to set up a business or to business because -- or to invest, because we have, we have the best transporters, the cleanest environment, and the best health care and the most compassionate approach to care of elderly people. that is the mission of the cabinet i have appointed. that is the purpose of the
government i am leaving. there is every chance that in 2050, which i fully intend to be around, though not necessarily in this job, we will be able to look back on this period, this extraordinary period as the beginning of a new golden age for our united kingdom. and i commend the future to this statement, mr. speaker. thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. corbyn: thank you, mr. speaker. i welcome the right honorable -- gentlemen to his
position and i thank him for an advanced copy of his statement. no one underestimates this country but the country is -- but the country is deeply worried that the new prime minister overestimates himself. he inherits a country that has been held back by nine years of austerity. that hits children and young people the hardest. the youth centers have closed. their school funding cut. college budgets slashed. and with the help of the liberal democrats, tuition fees have tripled. their housing costs are higher than ever. their jobs are lower paid. opportunity and freedom have been taken away. austerity was always a political choice, never an economic
necessity. order the speaker: i indicated that people wouldn't shout down the prime minister. precisely the same applies to the leader of the opposition. you're wasting your vocal chords, and it won't work. the right honorable gentleman will be heard, and these exchanges will take as long as they will take, whatever other appointments people might have. the right honorable gentleman will be heard. stop it. jeremy corbyn. mr. corbyn: thank you, mr. speaker. his predecessor promised to in austerity but spectacularly failed to deliver. people did not trust this prime minister to make the right choices for the majority of people in this country, choices. when he's also promising tax giveaways to the richest big business, his own party's funders. so can he now indicate when he
will set out the detail of the exact funding settlement for our schools, our hard-pressed local authorities, and police so they can start planning now? we must also address the deep regional inequality in this country. the northern powerhouse has been massively underpowered, the metal engine has not been fueled so will he match labour's commitment to a 500 billion investment fund to rebalance this country for regional banks and a national transformation fund. he has hastily thrown together a hard right cabinet and i have just a couple of questions, i have just a couple of questions, mr. speaker, on those appointments.
given his first appointment as the home secretary, the first home secretary for a generation to support the death penalty, can the prime minister assure the house now that his government has no plans to try and bring back capital punishment to this country? and before -- and before appointing the new education secretary -- and before appointing the new education secretary, was the prime minister given sight of the leak investigation by the cabinet secretary? i'm deeply alarmed to see no plan for brexit. he was in the cabinet that accepted the backstop, and, of course, voted for it on the 30th of march this year. it would be welcome if he could set out what he finds so
objectionable, having voted for it less than four months ago. can he explain this flip-flopping? the house -- [laughter] mr. corbyn: the house will have a sense of deja vu and trepidation of a prime minister setting out rigid red lines and an artificial timetable. this is something eerily familiar about a prime minister marching off to europe with demands to scrap the backstop. so how does the prime minister think he will succeed where his predecessor failed?
however, i do welcome the prime minister's commitment to finally guarantee the rights of european union citizens. it's a great shame that this offer has only been made now, more than three years after this party put that proposal before this house. our friends, neighbors and family should never have been treated as bargaining chips, causing untold stress and worry to people who have worked so hard for this community -- this country and the communities that we make up. if the prime minister continues to pursue a reckless no deal, does he accept that he will be directly flouting the expressed will of this parliament? industry, businesses and unions have been absolutely clear about the threat that it poses. no deal means no deal. no car industry, food prices dramatically rising and huge job losses. make u.k. -- make u.k.
representing much of manufacturing industry says no deal would be the height of economic lunacy. companies from toyota to astor knows the dangers of no deal. is the prime minister still guided by his s dot dot dot business policy? mr. speaker, those recklessly advocating no deal won't be the ones who lose out. the wealthy elite that funds him and his party will not lose their jobs, see their living standards cut, or face higher food bills. mr. speaker, if the prime minister has confidence in his plan once he's decided what it is, he should go back to the people with that plan. labour will oppose any deal that fails to protect jobs. we will oppose any deal that fails to protect jobs, workers'
rights, or environmental protection. and if he has the confidence to put that decision back to the people, we would, in those circumstances, campaign to remain. mr. speaker -- mr. speaker, the office of -- [background noises] the speaker: this will take as long as it takes. jeremy corbyn. mr. corbyn: the office needs to have honesty. so will he correct his claim that the u.k. is subject to e.u. regulations? will be also the knowledge that the 39 billion is now 33 billion
due over 30 years has been legally committed to being paid by his predecessor? this is a phony threat about the money made by the prime minister. mr. speaker, we also face a climate emergency, so will he take the urgent actions necessary? would he ban fracking? will he back real ingenuity like the swanzee bay tidal lagoon? will he back real ingenuity? will he increase investment in carbon capture and storage? will he back our solar industry and on-shore winds so devastated over the last nine years? will he set out a credible plan to reach net zero
mr. speaker i note the climate change denying u.s. president has already labeled him britain's trump and welcomes his commitment to work with nigel farage. could written trump take this opportunity to rule out once and for all that our nhs is not going to be part of any trade deal, any trade deal with president trump and the u.s.a.? will he make it clear that our national health service is not going to be sold to american health care companies? mr. speaker, people fear that far from wanting to take back control, the new prime minister would effectively make up a battle state of trump's america. will he ask the new prime secretary to prioritize the release of ratcliffe? and is he working with european
partners to restore the iran nuclear deal and de-escalate tension in the gulf? mr. speaker, the challenge to end austerity, tackle inequality, resolve brexit, and tackle the climate emergency are what will define the new prime minister. instead, we have a hard right cabinet staking everything on tax cuts for the few and the reckless race to the bottom brexit. he says he has nerve and ambition. our country does not need arm-waving bluster but competence, seriousness, and after a decade -- and after a decade of divisive policies for the few, to focus, for once, on the interests of the many.
prime minister johnson: mr. speaker, i struggle to make a question. i have one point in making. under no circumstances will we agree to any deal, any free trade deal to put the n.h.s. on the table. it is not -- i would remind the right honorable gentleman that for 44 years, 71 years of -- it's the n.h.s. that's benefited from conservative policies. we understand that unless you support wealth creation, unless you believe in british business and british enterprise and british industry, you will not have a -- unless you have a strong economy, will you not be able to pay for fantastic n.h.s., mr. speaker, and that's a lesson that the right honorable gentleman needs to learn. and i struggle to -- i struggle
to see the country -- i struggle to see the country he describes in his description of the united kingdom today, because the reality -- the reality, mr. speaker, is that unemployment is, of course, down under the conservatives. the lowest since the -- crime is down a third since 2010. we have record investments, record investments in this country. 1.3 trillion pounds. fantastic new electric car factories. the speaker: order! order! mr. macdonald, you are at times a reckless delinquent. i know you get very irate because you feel passionately, and i respect your passion, but i don't respect your delinquency. call him yourself. take some sort of soothing medicine. you will feel better as a consequence. mr. prime minister. prime minister johnson: more homes built last year than the last 31 years. wages are now outperforming
inflation for the first time in a decade. the living wage -- the living wage, a conservative policy -- which i'm proud to say -- which i'm proud to say i championed in london and put into a national policy. the living wage has expanded the incomes of those who receive it by 4,500 pounds since 2010. that is a fantastic achievement and it's a conservative achievement. the right honorable gentleman talks about trust and who can you trust to run the -- he asked about iran. mr. speaker, the right honorable gentleman, who has been paid by quest tv -- who repeatedly goes with the mullahs of tehran, how incredible we can think of entrusting the right honorable gentleman with the stewardship of this country's security. but worse than that, by far, mr. speaker, this is the right honorable gentleman who is
settled on economic policy, together with the shadows -- the shadow chancellor -- \[cheers] he forged a budget. he would raise -- he would raise taxes on inheritance, mr. speaker. he would raise taxes on pensions. i am answering. i'm telling you, mr. speaker -- the speaker: order. order! order! you are another excited person. calm yourself. there's far too much noise on both sides of the house, and i fear that the noise on the front bench is proving contagious. i know certain back benches who are becoming overexcitable and they must refrain themselves.
i know the prime minister will of course be both passionate and restrained. the prime minister. prime minister johnson: it's only with an effort that i can master my feelings here. but the right honorable gentleman will put taxes on pensions. he will put up taxes on incomes to 53.5%. there he is. there he is. the budget of 1984, mr. speaker -- [laughter] prime minister johnson: he would put up -- given a chance, he will put up taxes, not just on homes but on gardens, mr. speaker. he speaks about -- he speaks about trust in our democracy. he speaks about trust in our democracy, mr. speaker. and i have to say most extraordinary thing just happened today. did anybody notice what happened today? did anybody notice the terrible metamorphosis like "body snatchers."
the right honorable man has been captured, he's been reprogrammed by his honorable friend. and he's being turned now into a remainer. he -- labour party, all the flip-flops, he has performed in his career, that is the one which i think he will pay the highest price. because he's -- this party -- this party, this government is clearly on the side of the democracy. it is this party -- it is this party that is on the side of the people who voted so overwhelmingly in 2016. it is this party that will deliver the mandates that they gave to this parliament and which, by the way, this
parliament promised time and time and time again and indeed, the right honorable gentleman and all his colleagues -- to these deliveries. the reality is that we are the party of the people. we are the party. we are the party of the many. we are the party of the many. they are the party of the few. we will take this country forward. they, mr. speaker, will take it backwards. >> the british parliament is now in recess for the month of august. ony will restart -- return december 3. find video of past prime
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later, remarks from the new british prime minister, boris johnson. ♪ brian: jackie speier, your book, undaunted, your first three words are, i was dying. why did you start the book that way? rep. speier: because i was. it was one of those moments in my life that were defining for me. not many people have that experience where they are dying and survive. i had a lot to talk about. brian: why were you dy