British Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed his final appearance before Parliament with the declaration “Hasta la vista, Baby”.
In a spirited and energetic farewell speech, the outgoing, scandal-ridden leader quoted Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous line from the hit 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
Johnson’s comments seemingly left the door open to a possible comeback in the future, after quoting another famous catchphrase from the film: “I’ll be back.”
But when asked if there was a hidden message in his speech, his press secretary told the Post it was “his way of saying goodbye”.
Johnson also received a standing ovation from the Conservative benches, but his predecessor Theresa May refused to join in the applause.
Johnson, who took office in 2019, eventually succumbed to dozens of calls from other Conservatives earlier this month urging him to resign.
In his final questions from the prime minister on Wednesday, Johnson spoke about his legacy around the country’s response to COVID-19 and vaccine rollout, as well as his support for Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion on February 24 would have.
“We helped, I helped get this country through a pandemic and helped save another country from barbarism. And honestly, that’s enough to keep going,” Johnson said.
“I want to thank everyone here and hasta la vista baby. Mission largely accomplished.”
Johnson warned his successor to “always remember to look in the rear-view mirror” as he received applause from MPs.
Johnson continued, “I would like to take the last few seconds to offer some advice to my successor, whoever he or she may be.
“Number one, stand up for Americans, stand up for Ukrainians, stand up for freedom and democracy everywhere.”
“Concentrate on the road ahead but always remember to look in the rear-view mirror,” he told MPs. “And most importantly, remember that it’s not Twitter that counts, it’s the people who sent us here.”
Johnson said his time at Number 10 was “the greatest privilege of my life” as he credited his government with “transforming” democracy and “restoring” national independence.
The race to succeed Johnson as Britain’s next prime minister is down to two as Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak are set to compete for a spot in 10th place.
The PM hopefuls reached the final round of the Conservative Party’s leadership contest on Wednesday after a series of votes by the party’s MPs eliminated six other candidates.
With postal wires
https://nypost.com/2022/07/21/boris-johnson-signs-off-with-hasta-la-vista-baby-as-he-exits-parliament/ Boris Johnson says goodbye with ‘Hasta la vista, baby’ as he leaves Parliament