To one last round of cheers from his recently mutinous MPs, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson bows out of his final setpiece event in parliament, signing off by saying: “Hasta la vista, baby!”
In a vintage blast of verbiage against his critics, Johnson defends his three tumultuous years in office — from Brexit and COVID vaccines to Ukraine — and praises the candidates battling to succeed him, as he fends off opposition attacks at his last session of Prime Minister’s Questions.
Conservative MPs give Boris Johnson a standing ovation as he leaves the Commons after his final PMQs. pic.twitter.com/ST99vpOdb7
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Johnson, 58, says his time in office has been “the greatest privilege” of his life.
“We’ve transformed our democracy and restored our national independence… I’ve helped to get this country through a pandemic and helped save another country from barbarism — and frankly that’s enough to be going on with,” he says. “Mission largely accomplished.”