London, January 1: United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday said that Britain would now be an “open, generous, outward-looking, internationalist and free trading” country that is “free to do things differently and if necessary better” than the European Union.
“This is an amazing moment for this country. We have our freedom in our hands and it is up to us to make the most of it,” Johnson said in his New Year’s address.
“An open, generous, outward-looking, internationalist and free trading global Britain, that campaigns for 12 years of quality education for every girl in the world. 2021 is the year we can do it. 2021 is the year we can do it and I believe 2021 is above all, the year when we will eventually do those everyday things that now seem lost in the past,” he added.
The Prime Minister, in his broadcast message, expressed hope after vaccines are becoming available in the country including the one developed by the Oxford University but warned that the “huge struggle is ahead of us.”
“But as the sun rises tomorrow on 2021 we have the certainty of those vaccines. Pioneered in a UK that is also free to do things differently, and if necessary better, than our friends in the EU. Free to do trade deals around the world, he said.
“We are still a way off from that, there are tough weeks and months ahead. But we can see that illuminated sign that marks the end of the journey, and even more important, we can see with growing clarity how we are going to get there,” the Prime Minister said further.
Britain would work with partners around the world as it chairs the G7 club of nations and the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP 26, said the Prime Minister.
“I think it will be the overwhelming instinct of the people of this country to come together as one United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland working together to express our values around the world,” he said.