“Hasta la vista, baby”: Boris Johnson’s striking farewell to the UK Parliament
The still Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has faced this Wednesday the last session of questions at the head of the Government. At the end of the session, and honoring his eccentric image, Johnson said goodbye to the House of Commons emulating the Terminator with a “Hasta la vista, baby”.
After these words, the president received a standing ovation from his parliamentary group. During the session, he assessed his work as head of the British government and assured that he is leaving “with mission accomplished”.
For the Tory politician, being Prime Minister has been a “great privilege”. He made it clear that he is proud of having carried out the Brexit, as well as for overcoming the Covid pandemic and having faced the threat of Russia in Ukraine.
On the other hand, he gave several recommendations to his successor in office, who will be elected on September 5. He asked the next prime minister to keep his eyes “fixed to the front” and to watch over “freedom and democracy”.
The opposition has also had words for the almost former prime minister. The leader of the opposition, Labour’s Keir Starmer, said that, although his relationship with the Prime Minister is “complicated”, he wishes “the best for the future” to the whole Johnson family.
Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, was in the same vein. Hoyle thanked the president for his work during a health crisis that caused “very dark moments for this chamber”. Even so, he wanted to clarify that all opinions about Johnson’s legacy will be preserved “with passion”.
The Tory leader has avoided commenting on the candidates to take his seat, but has acknowledged that there is “a lot of talent”. The favorites to succeed Johnson are, for now, Rishi Sunak, former Finance Minister; Penny Mordaunt, current Secretary of State for Trade; and Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
Boris Johnson has concluded his last session in the House of Commons with a “Hasta la vista, baby”, imitating Arnold Schwarzenegger in ‘Terminator 2: The Last Judgment’. He left the room to the cheers of his group, from which he received less and less support after the Downing Street scandals. Johnson will leave office for good in September.