With just a week to the general election, Boris Johnson is already confidently – if not complacently – talking about his plans for the first 100 days of a majority Tory government.
With opinion polls still suggesting a comfortable lead for the Conservatives, the prime minister has announced plans for a Commons vote on Brexit, a Queen’s Speech and a post-Brexit budget.
Labour has responded by claiming a Tory victory would mean more austerity, privatisation and tax giveaways, while the Liberal Democrats have denounced Mr Johnson’s promises as fantasy.
The prime minister’s confident pledges came as the latest opinion poll gave the Conservatives a ten-point lead over Labour, suggesting a comfortable majority of 48 for Mr Johnson on 12 December.
The poll, by Savanta ComRes for The Daily Telegraph, put Tory support at 42%, Labour on 32% and the Liberal Democrats on 12%, though 21% said they may change their mind between now and polling day.
Ahead of a full day of campaigning after a short break hosting the NATO summit, Mr Johnson said that next week would see the most important election in a generation.
“In just seven days’ time the British people will have to choose between a working majority government or yet another gridlocked hung parliament,” he claimed.
“If there is a Conservative majority next week, we will get Brexit done by the end of January. 2020 will then be the year we finally put behind us the arguments and uncertainty over Brexit.”
Mr Johnson added if he won a majority next week, by 22 March – 100 days after the election – his government would have passed the withdrawal agreement and delivered Brexit.