We cannot be the party that sticks two fingers up to the rest of the world

The foreign secretary pledges to deliver Brexit, bolster the UK’s diplomatic reach and fight climate crisis if elected Tory leader

To govern is to choose, and the election of the next Conservative party leader presents a series of important questions: what is Britain’s post-Brexit relationship with the rest of the world? How do we enhance it? Are we still a party of internationalists?

For me – foreign secretary for a little under a year but proud to have visited 29 countries and to have met 49 of my counterparts – the answers are clear. We cannot become the party that pulls up the drawbridge or sticks two fingers up to the rest of world. It has never been more important to re-engage.

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