Boris Johnson delivers significant speech on UK foreign policy in 'the era of Brexit'
News 2 Dec 2016

Boris Johnson delivers significant speech on UK foreign policy in 'the era of Brexit'

Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, delivered a speech on the future of British foreign policy in 'the era of Brexit' at Chatham House this morning. During the speech, Mr Johnson insisted that "Brexit emphatically does not mean a Britain that turns in on herself."

He stressed Britain's commitment to international law to ensure a "rules-based system and order prevails."  

He then said: "We have to acknowledge that in many respects the world is not in good shape. We have the cult of the strong man, we have democracy in retreat, we have an arc of instability across the Middle East from Iraq to Syria to Libya. What is the answer of the UK, is it to cower and put the pillow over our heads? Emphatically not."

Mr Johnson also reiterated his view that normalisation of relations with Russia is impossible while Moscow continues to destabilise Ukraine and bomb Aleppo. "Britain is prepared to be tough with Russia," he insisted.

Read the speech in full here 

Watch a video of the speech here