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Personal Statement (18 Jul 2018)

Boris Johnson: Thank you, Mr Speaker, for granting me this opportunity, first to pay tribute to the men and women of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, who have done an outstanding job over the last two years. I am very proud that we have rallied the world against Russia’s barbaric use of chemical weapons, with an unprecedented 28 countries joining together to expel 153 spies in protest at what...

Personal Statement (18 Jul 2018)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful, Mr Speaker. No one on either side of this House or anywhere wants a hard border. We could not construct one if we tried. However, there certainly can be different rules north and south of the border to reflect the fact that there are two different jurisdictions. In fact, there already are. There can be checks away from the border and technical solutions, as the Prime Minister...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The friendship between the United Kingdom and the United States is exceptionally close. I speak to Secretary Pompeo regularly. Of course, that does not mean that when we differ from our friends and partners in the United States, we are afraid to speak out, as the Prime Minister did in the matter of the separation of young children from their parents.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: I think that when the Prime Minister spoke, she spoke for me and for everyone else in the House, and, indeed, for the nation—and the hon. Gentleman will have noticed that no sooner had she spoken than the President signed an executive order repealing the policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: As the hon. Gentleman knows, the President has now repealed the policy, and I think it is still common ground on both sides of the House that it is important to welcome the Head of State and Government of our most important ally.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The Prime Minister condemned it, and she speaks for the Government and, indeed, for me. No sooner had she spoken than the President of the United States repealed the policy—thus demonstrating, I venture to suggest to the hon. Gentleman, the considerable and growing influence of the United Kingdom.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The President of the United States is the Head of State of our most important and one of our oldest allies, and it is absolutely vital. I think it is common ground among many people in this country that we should extend the hand of friendship to the office of the President of the United States of America.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: With great respect, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers that I have already given. The President of the United States has repealed the policy in question, and he remains the Head of State of our most important economic, military and security ally.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Because we believe in human rights, and we believe that global Britain should stick up for human rights. Yes, I think the United States has a point when it disputes the validity of article 7—the perpetual reference to article 7—in the Human Rights Council’s proceedings. I can, however, tell my hon. Friend that only this week the United Kingdom secured a record number of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for a characteristically perceptive point. Yes, not only has the United States kept the UK safe, but in many ways it has kept the whole of our continent safe since the end of the second world war. That is a giant political fact that this House should recognise.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The reality is that the US has more tariffs against EU products, but the EU’s tariffs are often significantly higher, particularly when it comes to motor vehicles. As the House will know, there is an EU tariff of 10% against US vehicles and a US tariff of 2.5% against EU vehicles.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend is completely right. It is vital for the House to remember that, every day in America, 1 million people go to work in UK-owned firms, and every day in this country, 1 million people go to work in American-owned firms. There is no other commercial relationship like it. America attracts about a fifth of our exports already, and that proportion is growing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Obviously, we dispute the President’s tariffs, and we have made that point very bluntly. On the other hand, there is clearly a problem with the dumping of Chinese steel, and we need to work together on that. That is the point we have been making to the President at the G7, and we will continue to make it when he comes on his visit on 13 July.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: I am very grateful to my hon. Friend, because it is absolutely true that the United States remains by far the biggest payer into NATO. I detect a sentiment in the House that we are constantly at variance with the Administration of Donald Trump, but I am afraid that simply is not the case. We happen to agree with the US Administration that it was right to bomb the chemical weapons facilities...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: As the hon. Gentleman may have observed, my point was about the President’s willingness, in defiance of the experts, to reach out to the leadership of North Korea and attempt to do a deal. If you talk at least to the South Koreans, Mr Speaker, you will find that they are very impressed with the way he has changed the atmospherics and given even the North Korean regime space to build...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: The hon. Gentleman makes a very interesting point. Thankfully, President Trump’s writ does not run in this country. We run our own affairs, we make our points to the President of the United States, and we do so with vigour where we disagree. The Prime Minister and I disagree with what he has been doing over the separation of kids from their parents. It is right for the UK to speak out...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: I hesitate to say it, but I have anticipated the right hon. Lady’s question. I have pointed out, No.1, that it was admirable that Donald Trump’s Administration responded after the chemical weapons attacks by the Assad regime supported by the Russians. It is a good thing that the United States is trying, and trying very hard, to solve the problem of a nuclear-armed North Korea. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: United States: Human Rights and Diplomatic Relations (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: I have given several examples already of the ways in which our views coincide with those of the current American Administration. I have also said that, where our views differ, we are not afraid to say it. The fundamental point, on which the right hon. Lady and I are in complete agreement, is that it is right that the United Kingdom should welcome to this country the Head of State of our most...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Global Britain (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: Global Britain is about being open, outward-looking and engaged with the world so as to maximise our influence, and I give the House the clearest recent example of that: the 28 countries who joined us in sympathetically expelling 153 Russian spies.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Global Britain (26 Jun 2018)

Boris Johnson: My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and that is why we have responded to the challenges that the world presents us with today by increasing our diplomatic staff by another 250 diplomats, in addition to the 100 that we added to our European strength, and we are opening 10 new sovereign posts in the Caribbean and the Pacific, with more to come in Africa.


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