I was pleased that the Prime Minister has recently published the Integrated Review, the most comprehensive articulation of a foreign policy and national security from a British Government in decades - it sets out a vision for a stronger, more secure, and more prosperous UK.
Like many of you in Fareham, I was pleased this review sets out a new foreign policy approach, amplified by record spending on both defence and science, to engage with and support the rest of the world. Alongside our allies and using all the new tools at our disposal, ensuring we can face the threats of the future head on and that the UK is match-fit for a more competitive world. Our departure from the EU has provided our nation with a unique opportunity to reconsider many aspects of our domestic and foreign policy, building on existing friendships but also looking further afield, such as Indo-Pacific – as we strike new free trade deals and forge new lasting relationships.
Additionally, we will use our G7 presidency to foster ideas for a new world treaty on pandemic preparedness and continue to play a leading international role in collective security, multilateral governance, global health, conflict resolution and poverty reduction.
Similarly, through our hosting of COP 26 and our trail-blazing credentials as the first major economy to commit to achieving net zero by 2050, we will continue to be a global leader on the environment and green technology – leading from the front as we call on the international community to tackle climate change once and for all.