LONDON — A no-deal Brexit would further destabilize the international order at an “extremely vulnerable” moment in European history, U.K. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will say in his first diplomatic visit to Washington on Tuesday. Hunt, who has spent his first weeks as foreign secretary touring European capitals warning of the geopolitical consequences of a disorderly Brexit, will use a speech on threats to the rules-based international system to reinforce the need for a negotiated deal between London and Brussels. Citing the “rock-solid alliance” of nations that helped bring about the end of the Cold War, Hunt will warn that the Western alliance has more recently risked “weakening” its credibility, and will call for European counties to impose further sanctions on Russia over the Salisbury nerve agent attack earlier this year. Describing a no-deal Brexit as “one of the biggest threats to European unity,” Hunt will call on … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt: No-deal Brexit imperils ‘extremely vulnerable’ Europe
FRANCE and Germany cosy up to Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin too much, Jeremy Hunt is to declare today in a stinging rebuke of Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron. In a speech in Washington the Foreign Secretary will demand the EU stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the UK and US in slapping fresh sanctions on Russia to deter further Putin-backed aggression. He will urge the EU’s 27 members to ensure Western allies speak with "one voice" against transgressions by Moscow "whenever and wherever they occur, from the streets of Salisbury to the fate of Crimea". His comments – on his first trip to the US as Foreign Secretary – come after leading European nations softened their stance on Moscow. German Chancellor Ms Merkel met Mr Putin last weekend amid growing concerns Germany is going soft over a new Russian gas pipeline. Meanwhile French president Emmanuel Macron travelled to St Petersberg to meet Mr Putin just weeks after Britain blamed Russia for the poisoning … [Read more...] about Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to accuse France and Germany of being too close with Vladmir Putin
Jeremy Hunt will use his first speech as Foreign Secretary to call for further sanctions on Russia in response to the Salisbury novichok poisonings. In a wide ranging address in Washington, he will say Vladimir Putin has made the world a more dangerous place and will warn of the dangers of a "messy divorce" from the EU.He will also criticise China for failing to help the West tackle Russia and highlight the role fake news plays in corroding faith in democracy.With regards to the diplomatic spat with Russia, caused by the novichok nerve agent attacks, he will say: "Russia's aggressive and malign behaviour undermines the international order that keeps us safe."Of course we must engage with Moscow, but we must also be blunt: Russia's foreign policy under President Putin has made the world a more dangerous place."And today the United Kingdom asks its allies to go further by calling on the European Union to ensure its sanctions against Russia are comprehensive, and that we truly stand … [Read more...] about Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to call for more sanctions on Russia
Jeremy Hunt has called for further sanctions against Russia in the wake of the Salisbury poisoning as he warns that Putin’s foreign policy “has made the world a more dangerous place”. The Foreign Secretary will say that a chaotic hard Brexit would make it harder to stand up to the bullying Kremlin as he calls on the EU to stand “shoulder-to-shoulder” with Britain and the US over Russian aggression. EU nations including Germany and France were among dozens of countries that expelled Russian diplomats following March’s Novichok nerve agent attack on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, which also resulted in the death of a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, in June. But some have since reached out to President Putin’s regime, with French president Emmanuel Macron travelling to St Petersburg to call on Russia to work “hand-in-hand” with Europe, and Italy questioning whether sanctions imposed over the 2014 … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt warns a hard Brexit could make it harder to stand up to Russia
THE dreamy, steamy days of summer are drawing to an end – but the real silly season is yet to begin. While Theresa May tours the capitals of Europe looking for peace on Brexit, war has broken out between diehard Remainers and fervent Brexiteers. Ex-Ukip leader Nigel Farage has stormed back into the fray with Vote Leave II, a remake of his 2016 referendum triumph. In the pro-Brussels corner, Superdry fashion tycoon Julian Dunkerton is forking out £1million for what must surely be a futile, last-ditch bid to keep Britain in the EU. And just to make things extra interesting for the party conference season, the stampede for Mrs May’s Tory crown is already unstoppable. Indeed, the question is no longer if, or even when, the contest takes place. It is whether the PM herself will seize the initiative and signal her own plan to jump before she is pushed. Theresa May defends Chequers Brexit deal - just as Boris savages it in Commons The undeclared contest has transformed … [Read more...] about Jeremy Hunt, Dominic Raab and Boris Johnson are already jockeying for the top job — will Theresa May signal plan to jump before she is pushed?