Even though public concern about immigration seems to have eased off recently, there is reason for caution.
Posts Tagged: Foreign Policy
As the Foreign Secretary’s intervention on Hong Kong shows, Britain is a country which honours its responsibilities to former territories.
This case is an early litmus test of the character and intentions of our new Government.
Jeremy Hunt was the best Foreign Secretary of recent times – and his successor’s record gives me hope he will build on that legacy.
As well as a response to the immediate crisis, we need to start planning ahead properly and routinely.
Johnson will want no distractions from Brexit this summer, but history suggests that he may get one – in the Straits of Hormuz.
WATCH: “This is a major failure and the government has to answer this charge very quickly indeed”. Duncan Smith on Iran.
He wants to know why the Government did not take more steps to safeguard British shipping, including an apparent offer of US support.
The defence minister talks to Sophy Ridge about the mounting confrontation with Iran in the Strait of Hormuz.
John Jenkins: Too many excuses are made for Iran – especially by the EU. We must get real, stand with America, and take decisive action.
I’m glad to see we’ve now had the guts to stop a tanker we believe is smuggling Iranian oil in defiance of sanctions on Syria.
WATCH: May – Darroch “has given a lifetime of service to the UK, and we owe him an enormous debt of gratitude”
Jeremy Corbyn echoed the Prime Minister’s message of regret.
It must necessarily have a worldview. The question is whether or not this has caught up with the Brexit vote.
What he detests is less liberalism than democracy, and the obstacle it poses to Russian foreign policy objectives.
WATCH: “I have a lot of respect for the President… I don’t agree with him on everything.” Hunt on Trump.
He notes America’s strong GDP growth, and suggests that this might be important as post-Brexit Britain tries to ‘turbo-charge’ the economy.
The United States’ weakened capabilities and frayed alliances both play in Tehran’s favour at a crucial and sensitive time.
“A credible plan to deliver Brexit must be grounded in reality.” Hancock’s foreign policy speech. Full text.
The Health Secretary tells Policy Exchange: “We should beat Huawei with a British champion of our own. A champion that can become a global leader.”