Text: PM Johnson urges “healing” for Brexit-bound Britain

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged Britain to “let the healing begin” in a speech outside 10 Downing Street on Friday after securing a landslide victory in a divisive national election.

Below is the text of his speech:

“This morning I went to Buckingham Palace and I am forming a new government.”

“And on Monday MPs will arrive at Westminster to form a new parliament and I am proud to say that members of our new one nation government – a people’s government – will set out from constituencies that have never returned a Conservative MP for 100 years.”

“And yes they will have an overwhelming mandate, from this election, to get Brexit done and we will honour that mandate by Jan 31.”

“And so in this moment of national resolution I want to speak directly to those who made it possible.”

“And to all those who voted for us, for the first time, all those whose pencils may have wavered over the ballot and who heard the voices of their parents and their grandparents whispering anxiously in their ears, I say thank you for the trust you have placed in us and in me.”

“And we will work round the clock to repay your trust and to deliver on your priorities with a parliament that works for you.”

“And then I want to speak also to those who did not vote for us or for me and who wanted and perhaps still want to remain in the EU.”

“And I want you to know that we in this one nation conservative government will never ignore your good and positive feelings of warmth and sympathy towards the other nations of Europe.”

“Because now is the moment – precisely as we leave the EU – to let those natural feelings find renewed expression in building a new partnership,

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