Boris Johnson giving speech at Lydd Airport
Boris Johnson said the early delivery of weapons to Ukraine may "very well have helped change the course of the biggest European war of 80 years" (Picture: Matt Durham/Pool via Reuters/ Alamy Stock Photo).
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Boris Johnson praises 'globally admired' Armed Forces in resignation speech

Boris Johnson giving speech at Lydd Airport
Boris Johnson said the early delivery of weapons to Ukraine may "very well have helped change the course of the biggest European war of 80 years" (Picture: Matt Durham/Pool via Reuters/ Alamy Stock Photo).

Boris Johnson praised the UK's Armed Forces as he delivered his final speech from Downing Street as Prime Minister.

Mr Johnson, who will be replaced by Liz Truss as the new prime minister, said, as he left Number 10, the UK union is "so strong" that people wishing to break it up will "never, ever succeed".

"Speaking with clarity and authority, from Ukraine to the AUKUS pact with America and Australia, because we are one whole and entire United Kingdom, whose diplomat security services and Armed Forces are so globally admired," he said.

"And by the way... as I leave, I believe our union is so strong that those who want to break it up, they'll keep trying, but they will never, ever succeed."

Mr Johnson also emphasised the early delivery of weapons to Ukraine in his resignation speech, as well as the economic support offered to the public, saying his successor would "get people through this crisis".

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He said the "early supplies of weapons to the heroic Ukrainian Armed Forces" may "very well have helped change the course of the biggest European war of 80 years".

He praised his Government for getting "this economy moving again from July last year despite all the opposition", saying it meant that "we have and will continue to have that economic strength to give people the cash they need to get through this energy crisis that has been caused by Putin's vicious war".

"I know that Liz Truss and this compassionate Conservative government will do everything we can to get people through this crisis and this country will endure it," Mr Johnson said.

"And if Putin thinks that he can succeed by blackmailing or bullying the British people, then he is utterly deluded," he added.