Boris Johnson is pledging to make the 2020s “a decade of prosperity and opportunity”, in a New Year’s message released while he is on holiday in Mustique.
The prime minister claims the NHS will be his top priority after the UK leaves the EU on 31 January and he is also promising more education spending and lower taxes.
And addressing voters who “lent me your vote” in the general election, he is vowing to be a “prime minister for everyone”, including those who did not vote Tory or wanted to remain in the EU.
Mr Johnson’s message was issued just days after the 55-year-old PM arrived in the Caribbean island of Mustique, playground of the rich and famous, with his girlfriend Carrie Symonds.
The couple paid for their British Airways flights to St Lucia, but are staying in a luxury villa – which costs £20,000 a week to rent – as guests of a family descended from the first German chancellor, Otto von Bismark.
Mustique earned notoriety in 1976 when Princess Margaret, who owned a holiday home on the island, was photographed there with socialite Roddy Llewellyn while she was still married to Lord Snowden, triggering a royal scandal.
Celebrities and millionaires who currently own property on the jet set island include Mick Jagger, Bryan Adams and Tommy Hilfiger and it is a favourite holiday destination of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Mr Johnson began his New Year’s message by claiming the midnight bongs of Big Ben were “the starting gun being fired on what promises to be a fantastic year and a remarkable decade for our United Kingdom”.
In typically upbeat style, the prime minister said: “As we say goodbye to 2019 we can also turn the page on the division, rancour and uncertainty which has dominated public life and held us back for far too long.
“We can start a new chapter in the history of our country, in which we come together and move forward united, unleashing the enormous potential of the British people.”
On his 31 January Brexit pledge, Mr Johnson said: “This should have happened already, but we were thwarted by a Parliament determined to use every trick in the book to stop us leaving the EU.”
He added: “That oven-ready deal I talked about so much during the election campaign has already had its plastic covering pierced and been placed in the microwave.”
He said the Government would spend 2020 boosting the NHS, renewing schools, backing scientists, building better infrastructure, controlling immigration, making streets safer, cleaning up the environment, and making the Union stronger.
On the NHS, he said: “The loudest message I heard during the election campaign is that people expect us – expect me – to protect and improve the NHS. So the NHS will always be my top priority.”
And to voters in Labour heartlands which returned Conservative MPs, Mr Johnson said: “I know that many of you do not consider yourself natural Tories and may only have lent me your vote.
“I am humbled by your support and will work every day to keep it. I am also acutely aware that there are millions of people who did not vote for me and were disappointed by the result.
“If you are one of them, I want to reassure you that I will be a Prime Minister for everyone, not just those who voted for me. I know that you love this country no less, simply because you voted for another party or wanted to Remain.
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“More than that, I want to work with you, as friends and equals, as we build the future this United Kingdom deserves.”
The prime minister said: “So let’s together make the 2020s a decade of prosperity and opportunity. State of the art healthcare. Great schools in every community.
“Our cities and towns more connected than ever before – not just in London and the South East but in the Midlands, the North and across the country.
“New trading relationships with nations around the world, generating jobs and growth. British scientists and engineers transforming the way we live – curing incurable diseases and making transport cleaner, greener and quieter.”
And, despite No. 10 releasing his message during his luxury holiday in the Caribbean, Mr Johnson concluded: “It’s a fantastically exciting agenda. Let’s get to work.”
The outgoing Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said in his New Year’s message that his party was the “resistance” to Mr Johnson.