We must now select my successor, and determine the one man the opposition will accept. He stands for one thing, and one thing only: himself. Why have I been forced to send for Churchill? His record is a catastrophe. Let me see your true qualities. Your lack of vanity? Am I lying in will? Your sense of humor? Ho, ho, ho… Your Majesty, it is my duty to invite you to take up the position of Prime Minister of this United Kingdom. I speak to you for the first time as Prime Minister. The Germans have encircled sixty British and French divisions. We are looking at the collapse of Western Europe in the next few days. How long have they got if we don’t rescue them? Maybe two days, we would need a miracle to get our men out. You have the full weight of the world on your shoulders. We are facing certain defeat on land, the annihilation of our army and imminent invasion. We must negotiate these talks. When will the lesson be learnt? You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth! Nonsense. The only slippery slope… Would you stop interrupting me, while I am interrupting you? We have before us many, many long months of struggle and suffering. Even though many old and famous states have fallen into the grip of the Nazi rule. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be! We shall fight on the beaches! We shall fight on the landing grounds! We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills. We shall never surrender! For without victory there can be no survival!