Boris Johnson's Decades-Old Ties to Israel

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Published on May 1, 2021
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NEWS DESK | Boris Johnson officially became Britain's new prime minister on Wednesday after a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

A picture released by the palace showed Johnson shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth II and bowing.

During his first speech as prime minister outside of 10 Downing Street, Johnson promised to deliver Brexit on October 31 "no ifs, no buts" -- a "new deal" with Brussels -- and prove wrong "the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters".

"We will do a new deal. A better deal that will maximize the opportunities of Brexit," the 55-year-old said. I have every confidence that in 99 days' time we will have cracked it....The British people have had enough of waiting," he passionately declared.  

"Brexit was a fundamental decision by the British people that they wanted their laws made by people that they elected and that they can remove from office....We must now respect that decision," he said.

The new Conservative Party leader also made a raft of domestic policy announcements in a nearly 12-minute address.

"I will take personal responsibility for the change I want to see," he said, with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds watching with his team of aides. "Never mind the backstop: the buck stops here."

"If there is one thing that has really sapped the confidence of business, it is not the decisions we have taken -- it is our refusal to take decisions," he concluded. 

President of the European Council Donald Tusk congratulated Johnson, but immediately stressed that the EU needed to hear "details" of his Brexit plan.

"On behalf of the European Council I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland," the former Polish leader wrote.

"I look forward to meeting you to discuss -- in detail -- our cooperation," he added, in a letter that was barely longer than the equally terse tweet he had just sent announcing it.

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