He also says he has a clear idea on how to make the most of his personal triumph. “This Government has a very clear agenda to use this moment to unite and level up,” he declares.
How Prime Minister?
This detail on levelling up, of which there’s little from an ebullient PM who goes on to say that it is now up to “us to seize the opportunities”, matters just as much as the implementation of new trading arrangements from January 1.
It’s why a decade-long domestic struggle over Brexit was waged, to enable the UK to determine its future destiny, and it will be a betrayal of all those voters who put their trust in Mr Johnson just over a year ago if there’s no clear plan to spread opportunity while Covid is thwarted.
And this will certainly offset those in business and commerce who harbour misgivings about a trade agreement that will, in all probability, be approved by Parliament in record time on Wednesday before Europe’s consent follows.
Even though the 1,200 page treaty would, in normal times, demand far more robust scrutiny because of its implications for generations to come, there is, nevertheless, a sense of relief that a deal was struck and that relations between the Government, and EU, do appear to remain cordial.
It will certainly have its imperfections. Some will say the PM conceded too much on fishing. Others, however, will maintain that the services sector should have taken precedence.
Yet no one will know the truth until its enacted, hence the importance of Mr Johnson using its passage through Parliament to reassure business, reset his government and explain, for the benefit of all, his definition of ‘levelling up’.
Free from the EU, that responsibility now falls to him – and no one else. The blame games are over.
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