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Boris Johnson may be the biggest enemy of Global Britain

Stryker McGuire


Foreign Dispatch

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

About six months after Britons voted in 2016 to leave the European Union, Britain’s then-foreign secretary Boris Johnson gave a speech on his country’s putative new place in the world. “Brexit emphatically does not mean a Britain that turns in on herself,” he said. “We are not some bit part or spear-carrier on the world stage. We are a protagonist – a global Britain running a truly global foreign policy.”

Johnson, the prime mover behind Brexit, is now prime minister. When world leaders gather in Scotland for the Glasgow Climate Change Conference at the end of this month, he’ll have a chance to show whether his ‘Global Britain’ ambition is for real. It’s going to be a tough sell.


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