Johnson makes bold environmental pledges in victory speech

Prime minister Boris Johnson has promised to make the UK the “cleanest, greenest [country] on Earth with the most far-reaching environmental programme”, during his victory speech this morning.

"You voted to be carbon neutral by 2050 and we will do it,” he said, as he claimed an overwhelming win in the general election.

“You also voted to be Corbyn neutral by Christmas by the way and we'll do that too,” he jested, after a disastrous election for Labour. The Conservatives now have a majority of 79, their largest since the 1980s – a “historic mandate” he said.

“Getting Brexit done is now the irrefutable, irresistible, unarguable decision of the British people,” Johnson said, putting “an end to all those miserable threats of a second referendum”. His withdrawal deal is expected to be presented to parliament on Friday next week, immediately after the Queen’s speech. A minor reshuffle will follow – not least to replace Zac Goldsmith at DEFRA.

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