Tue Jul 7th, 2020 at 06:28:32 PM EST
Use this diary as an Open Thread on all issues and non-issues of BoJo's Buccaneers and the final chapter of Brexit ... Leaving Europe to reach a Global Great Britain.
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Human rights abuse murder and torture Khashoggi ...
And Saudi Arabian officials involved in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are also being targeted.
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the move sent a "clear message".
Speaking in the Commons, the foreign secretary said the UK was taking action against the "thugs of despots and henchmen of dictators" as well as stopping those trying to launder their "blood-drenched ill-gotten gains".
Arms to KSA
The world has changed greatly since 2016. The vision of Global Britain needs to change with it | The New Statesmen - June 2020 |
Boris Johnson and his fellow buccaneers could start by being honest about how expectations for Brexit need to alter after the pandemic.
After seven years of Barack Obama's presidency the transatlantic relationship looked, if not perfect, then solid and uncontroversial. Britain's relationship with China had entered what officials dubbed a "golden era". Global trade and growth were picking up while Europe, still mired in the migration crisis and the aftermath of the eurozone crisis, looked stuck in a rut. It was a world in which much was taken for granted.
Artefacts of that time survive in buccaneering Brexiteer quotes, pre- and post-referendum, about the prizes to be won by sailing out on to these calm waters. As Boris Johnson blustered, post-Brexit Britons could be "even better and more valuable allies of the United States" and could build a "distinctive" (chummier) alliance with China. And as Liam Fox claimed, today's "post-geography trading world" made Britain "much less restricted to having to find partners who are physically close to us".
The 2020s would be the era of pick-and-mix international relations, a tangle of bilateral trading and security relationships rewarding the footloose and the flexible.
You did not have to be pro-Brexit to see the appeal of Global Britain. It offered Britain - the country that had lost its empire but not yet found its role, perched at the crossroads of various alliances - an attractive vocation as the pioneer and standard-bearer of this new age.
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