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Time has not permitted me to post anything about last week’s Brexit adieu in the EU Parliament, nor scenes from Brexit Day.

However, on Monday, February 3, 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out his stall on the future of the United Kingdom by giving a half-hour speech in the magnificent Painted Hall at the Old Royal Navy College in Greenwich, just to the east of London.

The media were in attendance. It was a splendid speech, recapping the history of this venue, which Sir James Thornhill began painting in 1707, the year of union between England and Scotland. I will go into the cause of that union, the Darien Scheme, at a later date. (Spoiler alert: Scotland came begging, cap in hand.)

Boris did not mention the Darien Scheme, which is probably just as well, seeing as Scotland’s SNP MPs are talking non-stop about another referendum among their people for independence. The last one took place in 2014.

Boris did talk about Britain’s advanced workers’ rights, which go far further than the EU’s, e.g. maternity and paternity leave. Carbon emissions targets are another area in which we surpass the EU, having given ourselves a deadline. He talks about trade possibilities and how Britain can develop once more outside of the EU.

Without further ado, this is Boris Johnson in full flow on Britain’s history and achievements over the centuries. Press questions, which weren’t very interesting, come in the last 20 minutes, so you can ignore those:

I particularly commend this video to those who think our Prime Minister is a buffoon.

Boris is a keen historian and takes one on a journey in this speech. His journalistic skills come forward in the occasional vocabulary word that demands a dictionary. Even better for Britons at this crucial juncture in recovering happiness as a nation, his enthusiasm about the future is infectious.

I wish him all the best in taking us forward.

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