Wednesday was Boris Johnson’s final Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons and gave advice to his successor and told MPs “Hast la vista, baby,” using Arnold Schwarzenegger’s catchphrase from the 1991 movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
The Prime Minister received a standing ovation from the Tory Party after he finished his valedictory speech.
Johnson said in his final answer from the despatch box, “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 de-regulation wherever you can and 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 who sent us here.”
Johnson added, “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’ve transformed our democracy and restored our national independence.
“I’ve helped to get this country through a pandemic and helped save another country from barbarism, and frankly that’s enough to be going on with.
“Mission largely accomplished, for now.”
Johnson thanked his staff and MPs before giving a nod to Schwarzenegger’s Terminator character and said, “Hasta la vista, baby. Thank you.”
Johnson’s comment left the door open for a possible comeback, as he said, “I’ll be back.”
Johnson’s press secretary was asked if a comeback is on the cards, “That was his way of saying farewell to his colleagues.”
When asked if Johnson has any plans, should he be offered, to go to the House of Lords, she said, “I think that’s purely hypothetical.”