Liz Truss gave her final speech as UK Prime Minister. She emphasized the importance of taking advantage of Brexit freedoms to do things differently, including delivering more freedom for British citizens, lower taxes, and greater opportunities for future generations.
She also spoke about the importance of supporting Ukraine in its fight against Putin’s aggression and strengthening our nation’s defenses.
Liz Truss has served 55 days, the shortest term of any UK Prime Minister. Her resignation sent shock waves through Europe and has left the UK government in a time of upheaval.
It has been a huge honour to be Prime Minister of this great country.
In particular, to lead the nation in mourning the death of Her Late Majesty The Queen after 70 years of service,
and welcoming the accession of His Majesty King Charles III.
In just a short period, this government has acted urgently and decisively on the side of hardworking families and businesses.
We reversed the National Insurance increase.
We helped millions of households with their energy bills and helped thousands of businesses avoid bankruptcy.
We are taking back our energy independence…
…so we are never again beholden to global market fluctuations or malign foreign powers.
From my time as Prime Minister, I am more convinced than ever we need to be bold and confront the challenges that we face.
As the Roman philosopher Seneca wrote: “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare. It is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”
We simply cannot afford to be a low growth country where the government takes up an increasing share of our national wealth…
and where there are huge divides between different parts of our country.
We need to take advantage of our Brexit freedoms to do things differently.
This means delivering more freedom for our own citizens and restoring power in democratic institutions.
It means lower taxes, so people keep more of the money they earn.
It means delivering growth that will lead to more job security, higher wages and greater opportunities for our children and grandchildren.
Democracies must be able to deliver for their own people…
We must be able to outcompete autocratic regimes, where power lies in the hands of a few.
And now more than ever we must support Ukraine in their brave fight against Putin’s aggression.
Ukraine must prevail.
And we must continue to strengthen our nation’s defences.
That is what I have been striving to achieve… and I wish Rishi Sunak every success, for the good of our country.
I want to thank Hugh, Frances, Liberty, my family and friends, and all the team at No10 for their love, friendship and support.
I also want to thank my protection team.
I look forward to spending more time in my constituency, and continuing to serve South West Norfolk from the backbenches.
Our country continues to battle through a storm.
But I believe in Britain.
I believe in the British people.
And I know that brighter days lie ahead.
Liz Truss has been a Prime Minister who took on the role with the country facing insecurity and in particular worries over the fuel crisis. She has worked tirelessly for the good of her country and its people and leaves behind the opportunity for a bright future.
The British people wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Her short tenure has not gone unnoticed by the British people and they have long memories when it comes to doing the right thing by a prime minister.
How well will the Conservatives now do going into the next general election which needs to be held by January 2025?
Sources: UK Government & THX News.