This is a bold vision for a more assertive, and more strategic Great Britain, one that will see us better protect ourselves at home and force project abroad to secure and advance our interests.
The Prime Minister is absolutely right to put security and resilience at the heart of this review. Britain needs a clear-eyed understanding of the international challenges we face and this review recognises that resilience requires a whole-of-government approach to our offensive and defensive capabilities.
I also welcome the emphasis placed on multilateralism. We need to confront authoritarianism in international organisations large and small and defend the liberal world order which is challenged every day by our adversaries.
Naming China as a systemic competitor recognises the challenge China poses to our nation – we will need to keep our engagements and strategy under close and guarded scrutiny.
I particularly welcome the creation of a new conflict centre for the protection of humanity wherever our values are threatened. I have called for a dedicated unit to address atrocity prevention at the FCDO since I arrived in Parliament and I am absolutely delighted to see this announced today.
A robust foreign policy begins at home, and this strategy will secure the resilience of our nation, transform our strategic effort to defend and advance our interests, and focus on conflict prevention and security in partnership with our closest allies.