BORIS JOHNSON will use his thumping electoral mandate to deliver a Brexit which will turn Britain into an economic power which will outstrip Germany, Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski has said. Mr Kawczynski was re-elected as MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham with an increased majority of 11,217, taking 52.5 percent of the vote.
He told Express.co.uk there could be no doubt about the verdict nationally, with Mr Johnson’s Conservative Party taking 365 seats compared with just 203 won by Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, giving the Tories a majority of 80. He added: “I am delighted the people of Great Britain have spoken so emphatically to get Brexit delivered and build a strong economy built on sustainable debt provision rather than Venezuela-esque hyper-borrowing under Corbyn.” Mr Kawczynski admitted the final YouGov opinion poll had given him the jitters.
He explained: “I was terribly worried as the last poll suggested it could still be hung Parliament which would have been a disaster for our country both socially and economically.
“Our reputation would have nosedived with yet another referendum and delay.”
Looking to the future, Mr Kawczynski struck an optimistic note.
He said: “The message is loud and clear deliver Brexit and focus immediately thereafter on turning Britain into an economic power to rival and surpass Germany.
“Brexit will now be delivered by January 31 and this will lead to the greatest economic revival this country has been through in my lifetime.
“I trust Boris to deliver a one-nation pragmatic Brexit which is rooted in the economic interests of our Island nation.”
Though now free to deliver Brexit, Mr Johnson faces the challenging task of negotiating a trade agreement with the EU, possibly in just 11 months, while also negotiating a trade deal with US President Donald Trump.
The outcome of the negotiations will shape the future of Britain’s $2.7 trillion economy.
After January 31, Britain will enter a transition period during which it will negotiate a new relationship with the remaining 27 EU states.
The transition can run until the end of December 2022 under the current rules, but the Conservatives made an election promise not to extend it beyond the end of 2020.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said many within the EU were relieved that Britain would now have a Parliament with a clear majority, highlighting the frustration that European leaders have felt during three years of political logjam in London.
But she said it would be “very complicated” to complete the talks on a new relationship by December 2020.
French President Emmanuel Macron has warned Britain that the more it chose to deregulate its economy after Brexit, the more it would lose access to the EU’s single market.
Trump congratulated Johnson and said a US trade deal could be more lucrative than any with the EU, the world’s biggest trading bloc.
Using his customary medium of Twitter, Mr Trump said: “Celebrate Boris!”