BRITISH DIPLOMACY

11th July 2017

Sir Nicholas Soames’s Question to The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP, Foreign Secretary, on British diplomacy, at Foreign Office Questions on Tuesday, 11th July, 2017.

T2. As America appears to be voluntarily surrendering both power and influence, and with our impending departure from the main platform of our influence over the past several decades, is it not vital that the Foreign Office now invests substantially to beef up our diplomatic effort so that we may retain our prosperity, security and influence abroad? [900329]

I am delighted to welcome my right hon. Friend to a cause that is gathering strength among Members on both sides of the House. Everybody understands that a truly global Britain must be properly supported and financed. We have a world-class network of 278 embassies and legations across the world. We have the best foreign service in the world, but it needs proper financing and support.

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