Boris Johnson plans to pin his foreign strategy on entire UK

Boris Johnson plans to pin his foreign strategy on entire UK as he relies on talents of all four nations to boost our standing abroad

  • PM intends to boost the Union by building Britain’s foreign policy strategy 
  • He said the Integrated Review, published tomorrow, would create 40,000 jobs 
  • It is also expected to confirm that Britain will treat Russia as a ‘hostile state’ 

Boris Johnson intends to boost the Union by building Britain’s foreign policy strategy on the talents of the whole UK.

Ahead of a landmark defence and security review, the Government said it had responded to global challenges by combining the resources of the Union and pooling expertise in areas such as science.

It hailed the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as the nation’s ‘greatest source of strength’.

The Prime Minister hopes to drive investment in industries and secure thousands of jobs, with more foreign and defence work done outside London.

Boris Johnson intends to boost the Union by building Britain’s foreign policy strategy on the talents of the whole UK

He said the Integrated Review, published tomorrow, would create 40,000 jobs over four years, adding: ‘Our international ambitions must start at home. The foundation of our foreign policy is who we are as a country – our values, our strengths and – most importantly – our people. ‘

It is also expected to confirm that Britain will treat Russia as a ‘hostile state’, while China will be considered primarily as a commercial ‘competitor’.

Any perception of a softening of Britain’s stance towards China could put Mr Johnson on a collision course with Conservative backbenchers, who fear the West is rapidly conceding global influence to Beijing.

Mr Johnson said: ‘The foundation of our foreign policy is who we are as a country: our values, our strengths and – most importantly – our people. So I am determined to ensure we have a foreign policy that delivers for those people.

‘Our international ambitions must start at home, and through the Integrated Review we will drive investment back into our communities, ensuring the UK is on the cutting-edge of innovation and creating an entire country that is match-fit for a more competitive world.’

To be published tomorrow, the Integrated Review will be based on a £24billion programme of defence investment, the creation of a National Cyber Force HQ and a commitment to the UK’s core industrial base.

It is also expected to confirm that Britain will treat Russia as a ‘hostile state’, while China will be considered primarily as a commercial ‘competitor’ (File image) 

The Prime Minister claims this will create 40,000 British jobs over the next four years in industries such as defence, while maximising the UK’s advantages over its rivals in science and technology.

The review will also announce that the numbers of staff at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office hub in East Kilbride, Scotland will increase by 500, while further jobs will be created outside of London by the establishment of the new National Cyber Security Force HQ in the north of England. New trade hubs will also be set up in Wales and Northern Ireland.

Further commitments will also be made in UK industries such as shipbuilding in Scotland, armoured vehicle manufacturing in Wales, lithium mining in Cornwall and satellite development in Northern Ireland.

Mr Johnson believes the UK is a uniquely global country and that its prosperity is inextricably linked to our integration into the global economic and financial systems.

While the UK is home to less than 1 per cent of the world’s population, it was the world’s fifth biggest exporter in 2019, selling £690 billion of goods and services to the rest of the world.

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