The row over the Northern Ireland Protocol must not be allowed to poison co-operation with our continental partners on defence against Russia.
Ministers must grasp that this new one will be even more disposed to conduct its foreign policy through the EU.
One of the major question marks against Brexit was whether it would see the UK lose its influence over global affairs. This alliance suggests no.
Anti-corruption and cementing new treaties should take precedence over softer fashionable favourites.
There are many areas, not least small boats in the Channel, where the UK needs a strong working relationship with France.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with France in so many important ways”, the Prime Minister adds.
The AUKUS alliance will merely push away France, which has been one of the most sanguine countries to oppose China’s influence.
Putin’s Russia is closer to home – remember the Salisbury attack – and Islamist extremism is already here.
The deal sends a starkly clear message to China – and will reassure India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan that their security interests are also British interests.