Boris Johnson Signs Off His Final Ever PMQs With 'Hasta La Vista, Baby'
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Boris Johnson signed off his last Prime Minister's Questions in the most bizarre fashion possible. Have a look for yourself:
The 58-year-old was recently forced to step down following a series of scandals and controversies, the latest involving the disgraced MP Chris Pincher.
And today (20 July), he stood at the dispatch box in the House of Commons and went head to head with the leader of the Labour Party Sir Keir Starmer for the final time.
But before he left the chamber, Johnson went full Terminator.
He said: "I want to thank you, Mr Speaker, I want to thank all the wonderful staff of the House of Commons, I want to thank all my friends and colleagues, I want to thank my right honourable friend opposite.
"I want to thank everybody here and hasta la vista, baby, thank you."
Johnson was then met with a standing ovation from members of his own party, who cheered as he left.
Earlier in his final speech, the outgoing PM claimed he was proud of what he achieved in office, and offered some advice to whoever takes his place.
He said: "I want to use the last few seconds to give some words of advice to my successor, whoever he or she may be.
"Number one: Stay close to the Americans, stick up for the Ukrainians, stick up for freedom and democracy everywhere. Cut taxes and deregulate wherever you can to make this the greatest place to live and invest, which it is.
"I love the Treasury but remember that if we’d always listened to the Treasury we wouldn’t have built the M25 or the Channel Tunnel.
"Focus on the road ahead, but always remember to check the rear view mirror and remember above all it’s not Twitter that counts.
"It’s the people that sent us here, and yes the last few years have been the greatest privilege of my life and it’s true that I helped to get the biggest Tory majority for 40 years and a huge realignment in UK politics.
"We transformed our democracy and restored our national independence… I’ve helped to get this country through a pandemic and help save another country from barbarism, and frankly that’s enough to be going on with."
His final flourish didn't go down too well with everyone watching back at home, though.
Slamming Johnson for his seemingly flippant remark, Piers Morgan said: "'Hasta la vista, baby!' chortles Boris Johnson in his last words to Parliament as Prime Minister, while Tory MPs give him a roaring standing ovation - after terminating him for being useless. A suitably ludicrous end to an absurd premiership."
While another added: "I didn't even think 'Hasta la vista, baby' was a funny line in 1991."