LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Brexit could be a “stunning success” for Britain in a video address released on Friday, an hour before the country leaves the European Union.
Here is the full text of his speech:
“Tonight we are leaving the European Union.
“For many people, this is an astonishing moment of hope, a moment they thought would never come. And there are many of course who feel a sense of anxiety and loss.
“And then there’s a third group – perhaps the biggest – who had started to worry that the whole political wrangle would never come to an end.
“I understand all those feelings and our job as the government – my job – is to bring this country together now and take us forward.
“The most important thing to say tonight is that this is not an end but a beginning. This is the moment when the dawn breaks and the curtain goes up on a new act in our great national drama.
“And yes it is partly about using these new powers – this recaptured sovereignty – to deliver the changes people voted for. Whether that is by controlling immigration or creating freeports or liberating our fishing industry or doing free trade deals.
“Or, simply making our laws and rules for the benefit of the people of this country
“And of course I think that is the right and healthy and democratic thing to do. Because for all its strengths and for all its admirable qualities, the EU has evolved over 50 years in a direction that no longer suits this country.
“And that is a judgment that you, the people,