Liz Truss vows to ‘weather the storm’ in her first speech as British Prime Minister.

New Prime Minister Liz Truss said Britain will “weather the storm” as she prepared a multibillion-pound package to help Brits deal with rising energy costs.

In her first speech in the role, she acknowledged the economic headwinds the country is facing but vowed to take action this week to help with energy bills.

Speaking at Downing Street, she said: “I am confident that together we can weather the storm, rebuild our economy and become the modern, brilliant Britain I know we can be.

“This is our vital mission to ensure opportunity and prosperity for all people and future generations. I am determined to do this.”

Ms Truss became Prime Minister at Balmoral after an audience with the Queen, who previously received Boris Johnson’s resignation.

While Mr Johnson delivered his farewell speech in sunshine, Ms Truss had to dodge torrential showers to deliver her address from a podium in front of the black door of No 10 in Westminster.

It vowed to create an “emerging nation” and pledged to tackle the problems that have been holding Britain back for years by “building roads, houses and broadband faster”.

Paraphrasing Winston Churchill, she promised to “act today” to carry out her plans to transform the country.

But acknowledging the immediate problem facing households across the country, she said: “I will be taking action this week to deal with energy bills and secure our future energy supply.”

A Government source confirmed a report in The Times that the energy shutdown will be around the £2,500 mark, although an insider at the Truss camp said “nothing is finalized yet”.

The plan is based on the current energy price cap of £1,971 plus the £400 universal handover announced under Mr Johnson’s government.

Help is also expected for business customers struggling with rising bills not covered by the existing energy price cap in England, Scotland and Wales.

As well as tackling the energy crisis, Ms Truss said her early priorities were “a bold plan to boost the economy through tax cuts and reforms” and “getting Britain back up and running”.

She also pledged to “put our health service on a solid footing” so that “people can get doctor appointments and the NHS services they need”.

After the downpour that preceded her speech, Ms Truss said: “We should not be intimidated by the challenges we face.

“As strong as the storm is, I know the British are stronger.

“Our country was built by people doing things. We have huge reserves of talent, energy and determination.”

Paying tribute to her predecessor, she said that “Boris Johnson delivered Brexit, delivered the Covid vaccine and stood up to Russian aggression”.

“History will see him as a most momentous prime minister.”

In his own speech before leaving Downing Street for the last time as Prime Minister, Mr Johnson called on the Tory party to unite behind his successor, but he could not express his bitterness at the way he was ousted hide.

He hinted he was now sliding into political obscurity, although a reference to Roman statesman Cincinnatus fueled speculation that he might be considering a comeback.

Mr Johnson said: “I will offer nothing but my most passionate support to this government” and urged the Tories to support the new leader at a “difficult time for the economy”.

Watched by Ms Carrie Johnson, he added that if the couple’s dog, Dilyn, and Larry, cat #10, can “put their occasional troubles behind them,” “then can the Conservative Party.”

But in a sign of lingering resentment at the way he was pushed out, Mr Johnson said “the baton is being passed in what has unexpectedly turned out to be a relay race. They changed the rules halfway through, but never mind.”

He said his career is now like a launch vehicle “that has fulfilled its function and I will now gently re-enter the atmosphere and land invisibly in a remote and obscure corner of the Pacific.”

Mr Johnson declared ‘like Cincinnatus I return to my plough’ – before entering No 10 an ambitious Mr Johnson had frequently said he would become Prime Minister if he were ‘called by my plough’, like the Roman declaration which heeded the call to serve his people.

US President Joe Biden congratulated the new prime minister and said he looks forward to “deepening the special ties between our countries and working closely together on global challenges, including continuing to help Ukraine defend against Russian aggression.”

But transatlantic relations could be strained if Ms Truss pushes ahead with a plan to override parts of Northern Ireland’s Brexit deal – Mr Biden is proud of his Irish roots and keenly interested in the issue. Liz Truss vows to ‘weather the storm’ in her first speech as British Prime Minister.

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