LONDON — Boris Johnson launched his election campaign with a pledge to deliver Brexit in January and “spend hundreds of millions every week” on domestic priorities.
The prime minister stood on the steps of 10 Downing Street as he fired the official starting gun on the six-week election campaign.
Johnson pledged to “inject a surge of confidence into our system” if he won a majority in the December 12 poll, and said “hundreds of billions are waiting to pour in the U.K.”
“We will make this country the greatest place to live,” he pledged.
The Tory leader said his number one priority was to get the Brexit deal he negotiated with Brussels last month ratified. “Our MPs are just refusing time and again to deliver Brexit,” he said of the current parliament.
“On day one of the new parliament in December, we will start getting our deal through so that we can get Brexit done in January and unleash this country’s potential,” he said. “We’ll be able to spend hundreds of millions every week on our priorities.”
The prime minister spoke just minutes after his Welsh secretary, Alun Cairns, resigned from the Cabinet, after his former aide was accused of “sabotaging” a rape trial.
Johnson promised to “take back control” of the U.K.’s money, borders and laws. He said he would spend on the NHS, police and infrastructure, and introduce an Australian-style points-based immigration system.
He accused Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn of proposing “high taxes for everyone” and “an uncontrolled and unlimited immigration system.” He said a Labour victory would mean spending “the whole of 2020 in a horror show.”
Johnson will hold his first election rally in the West Midlands this evening.