Oral question to the Foreign Secretary on 21 February 2017

On Tuesday 21 February, I asked Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson what assessment he had made of the implications of the policies of the new US administration for UK foreign policy. I followed up with this question that related specifically to the relationship with the EU, after Brexit. See what you think of the answer. 

Thangam Debbonaire: "I am pleased to hear the Foreign Secretary’s reports of the discussions he had with the Secretary of State, but will he tell us a bit more about how he plans to manage the important tripartite relationship between the UK, the EU and the US, post-Brexit?"

Boris Johnson: "The hon. Lady asks a good question. Obviously, on some things we will differ from our American friends—we have just had an example of that—but on some areas we will perhaps wish to stiffen the spines of our European friends. I can think of issues such as sanctions over Ukraine, on which some EU members are not in quite the same space as we are. As would be expected, the policy of the United Kingdom would be to stick up for UK interests and values and—if I can use a bit of jargon—to triangulate dynamically between the two." 

You can watch the exchange here:

 

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