Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement, made on 25 July 2019, in the House of Commons on the priorities for the government.
Mr Speaker, I with permission, shall make a statement on the mission of this new Conservative Government.
But before I begin, I am sure the whole House will join me in paying tribute to my Rt Hon Friend the Member for Maidenhead, for all that she has given in the service of our nation. From fighting modern slavery to tackling the problems of mental ill-health, she has a great legacy on which we shall all be proud to build.
And our mission is to deliver Brexit on the 31st of October for the purpose of uniting and re-energising our great United Kingdom and making this country the greatest place on earth. And when I say the greatest place on earth, I’m conscious that some may accuse me of hyperbole. But it is useful to imagine the trajectory on which we could now be embarked.
By 2050 it is more than possible that the United Kingdom will be the greatest and most prosperous economy in Europe, at the centre of a new network of trade deals that we have pioneered.
With the road and rail investments we are making and propose to make now, the investment in broadband and 5G, our country will boast the most formidable transport and technological connectivity on the planet.
By unleashing the productive power of the whole United Kingdom, not just of London and the South East but of every corner of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, we will have closed forever the productivity gap and seen to it that no town is left behind ever again; no community ever again forgotten.
Our children and grandchildren will be living longer, happier, healthier, wealthier lives.
Our United Kingdom of 2050 will no longer make any contribution whatsoever to the destruction of our precious planet brought about by carbon emissions, because we will have led the world in delivering that net zero target.
We will be the home of electric vehicles – cars, even planes, powered by British made battery technology being developed right here, right now.
We will have the freeports to revitalise our coastal communities, a bioscience sector liberated from anti genetic modification rules, blight-resistant crops that will feed the world and the satellite and earth observation systems that are the envy of the world.
We will be the seedbed for the most exciting and most dynamic business investments on the planet.