Despite deep disagreements over Brexit and the union, BORIS Johnson has stated that the “overwhelming instinct” of individuals across the UK will be to come together in 2021.
The Prime Minister said Covid had generated a revived “spirit of togetherness” in the nation in his New Year’s letter, but also warned of a “uphill struggle” in the months ahead.
He said, “For this country, this is an amazing moment. We have our freedom in our hands and it’s up to us to make the most of it.”
And I think it’s going to be an irresistible instinct for the people of this country to come together as one United Kingdom — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — to work together to embody our world values.
“We are leading both the G7 and COP 26 climate summits in Glasgow.”
Latest polls indicate that the SNP is on course to gain an absolute majority at Holyrood in May, and Nicola Sturgeon said she would call for a second referendum on independence, claiming that Scotland should rejoin the EU in order to reverse a crippling withdrawal that it has never voted for.
Only hours before the start of new trade ties with the U.K., in a statement and video released Johnson said many people will be “only too glad to say goodbye to the grimness of 2020.” and Europe and the beginning of a critical election year.
But he said it was also a year of collective spirit, “banging on pots to celebrate the bravery and self-sacrifice of our NHS employees and home care workers.”
A year when working people pulled out all the stops to keep the nation running through the worst recession for generations—store employees, highway workers, pharmacists, emergency services, everyone, you name it.
“We saw a renewed spirit of volunteerism as people delivered food to the elderly and vulnerable,” he said.
“And time and time again, when it became necessary to fight new waves of the virus, we saw people unite in their determination, our determination to protect the NHS and save lives.”
“literally offers a new lease on life for people in this country and around the world”literally provides people in this country and around the world with a fresh lease on life”changes the odds in favor of humanity and against Covid.”changes the odds for humanity and against Covid.
Yet, he said, “For weeks and months to come, we know we have an uphill battle ahead of us because we are dealing with a new variant of the disease that requires new vigilance.”
“But when the sun rises tomorrow on 2021, we will have the certainty that these vaccines exist.”
The 687-word declaration never explicitly addressed Brexit, instead referring to the right of the United Kingdom to “do things differently and, if necessary, better than our friends in the EU.”
He said the United Kingdom is now free to enter into trade agreements and become a “scientific superpower.”
“open, generous, outward-looking and internationalist,”open, generous, outward-looking and internationalist”2021 is the year we can do it.”2021 is the year we can do it.
Returning to the coronavirus that in most of the U.K. is currently spiraling out of reach, he said, “I think 2021, above all, is the year when we will finally do those everyday things that seem lost in the past now.”
He said, “Bathed in a rosy glow of nostalgia, going to the pub, concerts, theaters, restaurants, or just holding hands with our loved ones in a normal way,”
We’re always a bit of a way out of that, with difficult weeks and months to come.
But we can see the shining sign that marks the end of the road and, more importantly, we can see how we can get there with increasing clarity.
“And that’s what gives me so much confidence about 2021.”
Ian Blackford, the leader of the SNP in Westminster, called on Europe to “keep a light burning” for Scotland to rejoin the bloc as a sovereign nation and stop Brexit.
He accused Mr. Johnson, based on “Tory lies and broken promises,” of delivering a hard Brexit that would inflict long-term harm to jobs, wages, companies and the economy.
“The Skye MP reminded the Prime Minister that Scotland almost voted to stay in 2016: “This is a deeply sad day for Scotland as Westminster forces us against our will out of the European Union and the world’s largest single market – wiping out the advantages of membership