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Boris Johnson declares ‘Hasta la vista, baby’ as he signs off from final PMQs

The Prime Minister claimed it was ‘mission largely accomplished’ during his three years in office.

20 July 2022

Boris Johnson declared “mission largely accomplished” before signing-off his final Prime Minister’s Questions by telling MPs: “Hasta la vista, baby.”

The outgoing Prime Minister received a standing ovation from the Conservative benches after concluding his final remarks, although his predecessor Theresa May did not join in with the applause.

In his final answer from the despatch box, Mr Johnson said: “I want to use the last few seconds to give some words of advice to my successor, whoever he or she may be.

Prime Minister’s Questions
Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his final Prime Minister’s Questions (PA)

“Number one, stay close to the Americans, stick up for the Ukrainians, stick up for freedom and democracy everywhere.

“Cut taxes and de-regulation wherever you can and make this the greatest place to live and invest, which it is.

“I love the Treasury but remember that if we’d always listened to the Treasury we wouldn’t have built the M25 or the Channel Tunnel.

“Focus on the road ahead, but always remember to check the rear-view mirror.

“And remember above all it’s not Twitter that counts, it’s the people who sent us here.”

The Spanish term “hasta la vista” translates to “see you later”, but “hasta la vista, baby” is the catchphrase of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg character in the 1991 movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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