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    Boris Johnson Addresses Parliament for the First Time as New British Prime Minister

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    On 24 July, Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London and the ex-UK foreign secretary, was appointed as the new head of the cabinet by Queen Elizabeth II. The appointment followed Johnson’s victory in the race to succeed Theresa May as the leader of the Conservative Party and the prime minister.

    Newly chosen Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson makes his first statement at the House of Commons in London on 25 July.

    In his speech, Johnson has noted that the withdrawal agreement's terms are unacceptable, and affirmed that he is ready to meet and talk with the EU, "wherever and whenever they are ready".

    "And I hope that the European Union will be equally ready and that they will rethink their current refusal to make any changes to the withdrawal agreement. If they do not, we will, of course, have to leave ... without an agreement under Article 50. The United Kingdom is better prepared for that situation than many believe. But we are not as ready yet as we should be", Johnson said.

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    The prime minister stressed that the country would have to "turbocharge" its preparations for a no-deal Brexit, which includes not only mitigating the consequences but embracing the opportunities.

    "We will begin right away on working to change the tax rules to provide extra incentives to investing capital and research. We will now be accelerating the talks on those free trade deals", Johnson stressed.

    He also said that the Irish backstop, an assurance policy created to prevent the restoration of a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, must be reversed to move Brexit forward.

    "It must be clearly understood that the way to the deal goes by way of the abolition of the backstop", Johnson stated.

    "I do not accept the argument that says these issues can only be solved by all or part of the United Kingdom remaining in the customs union or in the single market. The evidence is that other arrangements are perfectly possible", Johnson added.

    Johnson pledged in his speech after assuming office that the UK would leave the EU on 31 October, promising to secure a new and "better" deal with Brussels. He has also said that his main goals are to unite the Conservatives, defeat the Labour opposition, and "energize" the country. 

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