LONDON: Rishi Sunak sounded cautious with his first New Year’s message as British Prime Minister on Saturday and warned that the UK’s problems will not disappear in 2023, at the end of 12 “difficult” months during which his government had taken “difficult but fair” measures. ” the decisions.
The 42-year-old Indian-born leader, who took over as Prime Minister at the end of October following unrest in the ruling Conservative Party, recalled his inaugural speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street to reiterate his pledge to work “relentlessly”. on the things that matter.
A particularly turbulent year for british politics saw Sunak’s two embattled predecessors – Boris Johnson and Liz Truss – unceremoniously ousted from their positions as Conservative Party leaders.
“I’m not going to pretend that all of our problems will go away in the new year,” Sunak said.
“But 2023 will give us the opportunity to showcase the best of Britain on the world stage… standing up for freedom and democracy wherever we find it under threat,” he said.
He underlined the “barbarism” war in ukraine as one of the main challenges ahead.
“Just as we recovered from an unprecedented crisis global pandemicRussia has launched a barbaric campaign and illegal invasion through Ukraine“, he said in the video message.
“It has had a profound economic impact around the world, which the UK is not immune to. Now I know many of you have felt that impact at home. That is why this government made tough but fair decisions to get loans and debts under And it was through these decisions that we were able to help those most vulnerable to the rising cost of energy bills,” he said. declared.
In his New Year’s message, Sunak went on to promise the ‘best of Britain’ would be on display in the coming months as he pledged continued support for Ukraine and launched The coronation of King Charles III May 6 as a unifying force for the country.
“Three months ago I stood on the steps of Downing Street and promised to work tirelessly on the things that matter most to you. Since then, this government has taken decisive action to support our NHS [National Health Service] with record resources to tackle backlogs – more funding, more doctors and more nurses. We also fight illegal migration and prevent criminals from abusing our asylum system,” he said.
Opposition Labor Party leader Sir Keir Starmer used his New Year’s message to also acknowledge that it had been a ‘very difficult’ year and said the UK ‘must change’ the way it does do politics.
“For Britain to become a fairer, greener and more vibrant country, we need a whole new way of doing politics. After all we’ve been through together, that’s what Great Britain Britain deserves,” he said.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey also highlighted the “difficult” times of 2022, but said the New Year is an “opportunity to turn the page and look ahead”.

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