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What Boris Johnson promised for his first 100 days

Boris Johnson will bring his Brexit deal back to parliament before Christmas as he strives to take the UK out of the EU in his first 100 days in government.

His election promise to ‘get Brexit done’ will be put to the test along with a host of other pledges the Tories have vowed to complete.

On December 19, a stripped-down Queen’s Speech to set out the party’s agenda will see the monarch in Parliament with no ceremonial robes or golden carriage.

MPs are then likely to vote on Mr Johnson’s Brexit deal on Friday or the following Monday.

The deal is expected to pass easily as every Conservative MP backed the plan when they ran in this week’s election.

The PM has vowed to use his mandate to make sure the exit deal is signed off by January 31 and then move ‘quickly and expeditiously to secure a new arrangement with the EU based on free trade and friendly cooperation’.

But whether the public feel like Brexit is really ‘done’ after that is less certain, as the UK will enter a transition phase while it negotiates its future relationship with Brussels.

Mr Johnson has promised not to extend this beyond the end of 2020, but it could run until December 2022 under the current rules.

The Tories have also said they will deliver a ‘post-Brexit budget’ in February which will cut taxes for hard-working families.

They promised to raise the threshold for national insurance contributions to £9,500 with an ‘ultimate ambition’ to increase it to £12,500.

They have also vowed to end the automatic release of serious violent and sexual offenders at the halfway point, and start a review of defence, security and foreign policy.

Before 100 days are up, the party hopes to have legislated for:

  • A funding hike to schools
  • An increase the amount migrants pay to use the NHS
  • A ring-fenced NHS cash injection of an extra £33,900,000,000 by 2023
  • The creation of a new Australian-style points-based immigration system
  • Tougher sentencing for terror offences
  • The creation of a system preventing ‘vexatious claims’ being brought against Armed Forces veterans

In the same period the Tories have vowed to start cross-party talks to solve the social care crisis and finalise an deal with mobile phone operators to improve countryside services.

They have also promised to set out future schemes for trade, farming, fishing and the environment after Brexit.

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