Britain’s calling is to lead the Anglosphere, a great power almost no one has given nearly enough thought about.
In a region where there are multiple opposing camps, it navigates by dealing with any and everyone.
Be it getting Brexit done or record job numbers and mega manufacturing investment, Johnson has delivered here.
The UK needs a fresh, robust template. Central to it should be a differentiation between strategic and non-strategic areas.
When he was Mayor of London, I outlined to Boris Johnson how we have the potential to become the largest economy in western Europe.
One of the major question marks against Brexit was whether it would see the UK lose its influence over global affairs. This alliance suggests no.
Putin’s Russia is closer to home – remember the Salisbury attack – and Islamist extremism is already here.
The deal sends a starkly clear message to China – and will reassure India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan that their security interests are also British interests.
Due to internal tensions, the Union can lack coherence and focus, often particularly evident in its efforts to implement a collective foreign policy.
Wallace has done well to win an exceptional defence settlement, but it may not be enough to fund all the Integrated Review’s ambitions.
The impulse of Brexit is to prove Britain’s openness by striking out, but this tilt increases our security dependence on Europe.
We have now secured 97 per cent of the trade value that we set out to reach agreements for first, beyond the EU. And there’s more to come.
Above all, we need to focus on the strategic picture. Throughout the world democracy, human rights and the rule of law are under pressure.
Now more than ever, a coherent, holistic strategy is required that will unite and enhance our capabilities to advance Britain’s position in the world.
Home to some of the fastest-growing economies of the 21st century, it has never been more urgent to build new trading relationships there.