Boris Johnson promises start of ‘golden age’

Boris Johnson has promised the “beginning of a new golden age”, as he made his first Commons statement as PM, the BBC reports.

Speaking to MPs, Mr Johnson said his government would throw itself into Brexit negotiations with energy, while Michael Gove would lead on no-deal planning as a “top priority”.

He also said EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights protected.

The statement came after the first meeting of Mr Johnson’s new cabinet, who he said had all committed to leaving the EU on or before 31 October, “no ifs, no buts”.

He told MPs the withdrawal agreement his predecessor, Theresa May, had negotiated with the EU was “unacceptable to this Parliament and to this country”.

That plan was voted down three times by MPs, with one of the controversial parts being the Northern Ireland backstop – a mechanism to avoid physical checks on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in case of a no-deal Brexit.

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