‘Hasta la vista’: Boris Johnson closing PMQs comment explained

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Boris Johnson said in his closing statement during his last PMQs that his mission is largely accomplished for now

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What did Boris Johnson say in his recent PMQs?

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On Wednesday (July 20), Johnson began his final questions from the Prime Minister, during which he received a standing ovation from the Conservative benches after completing his final remarks.

Addressing MPs from the dispatch box, Johnson said in his final reply: “I would like to take the last few seconds to offer some advice to my successor, whoever he or she may be.

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“Number one, stand up for Americans, stand up for Ukrainians, stand up for freedom and democracy everywhere.

Outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

“Lower taxes and deregulation wherever you can and make this the best place to live and invest what it is.

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“I love the Treasury but remember if we had always listened to the Treasury we would not have built the M25 or the Channel Tunnel.

“Concentrate on the road ahead, but always remember to look in the rear-view mirror.

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“And most importantly, remember that it’s not Twitter that counts, it’s the people who sent us here.”

He added: “The last few years have been the greatest privilege of my life and it is true that I have helped achieve the largest Tory majority in 40 years and a major reorientation in British politics.

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Boris Johnson during the Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday 20 July 2022. (Photo: UK Parliament/Andy Bailey/PA)

“We have transformed our democracy and restored our national independence.

“I’ve helped put this country through a pandemic and saved another country from barbarism and honestly that’s enough to keep me going.

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“Mission largely accomplished for now.”

Johnson signed off by saying, “Want to thank everyone here and hasta la vista baby.”

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As he left the chamber, Johnson received back pats from loyalist MPs.

What does “hasta la vista” mean – where does it come from?

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“Hasta la vista” is a Spanish term that literally means “until the view” but is better known as “see you later” or “see you next time” in English.

The phrase is perhaps best used as a catchphrase from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (Total recall, Predator) Terminator in the 1991 sequel Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

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John Connor teaches the Terminator how to use slang, which creates the expression (Photo: TriStar Pictures)

It first appears in the film when John Connor (played by Edward Furlong) teaches the Terminator how to use slang, adding “baby” at the end.

Later in the film, after the Terminator defeats the ruthless T-1000 that shot-chased the Cyborg and John Connor, he utters the famous phrase, “Hasta la vista, baby.”

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Since its inclusion in terminator 2the quote has become an iconic quote in the film industry.

Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800 Terminator (Photo: TriStar Pictures)

According to a featurette accompanying the 2017 3D re-release terminator 2Co-writer William Wisher revealed that the phrase made it into the film because he and director James Cameron kept saying it to each other.

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He said: “[It was something we] used to say to each other when we were talking on the phone, when we hung up…none of us ever had any inkling that this line was going to become an iconic piece of dialogue.”

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