After a ‘difficult’ year, Rishi Sunak vows to show ‘the best of Britain’ in 2023

In his New Year’s greetings, Rishi Sunak defended the “difficult but fair” budget decisions taken by his government.

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In his first New Year’s address as British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak began his speech by admitting that ” 2022 had been a difficult year because of the many crises it faces, from the pandemic to the war in Ukraine, including skyrocketing food and energy prices. Regarding the latter, many “of British felt it” direct effects in their wallet. “ That is why my government has taken tough but fair decisions to bring borrowing and debt under control “, the successor told Liz Truss and Boris Johnson on Saturday, before specifying that this had allowed a shield to be imposed on energy prices, which had already almost doubled.

I don’t want to pretend that all our problems go away with the new year. But 2023 will give us the opportunity to showcase the best of Britain on the international stage. continued Rishi Sunak, citing in particular the country’s support for Ukraine and the coronation of Charles III, scheduled for May 6 and broadcast by television stations worldwide. ” In this historic year of His Majesty the King’s coronation, we will come together with pride in all that makes this country great “, again assured the former finance minister, whose words Agence France-Presse shares.

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A mandate full of challenges for Sunak

Rishi Sunak came to power in October after his colleague Liz Truss stormed through Downing Street, whose plans for massive, unfunded tax cuts spooked markets. In response, the Conservative leader canceled almost all of these measures, resulting in a tax increase. In addition, the prime minister is under fire for rejecting pay rises demanded by public service workers such as nurses, ambulance operators, border police, while recent strikes by these professions in protest against inflation (more than 10%) are fueling social movements on an unprecedented scale in recent decades.

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