GB News: Liz Truss dubbed ‘Thatcher 2.0' by associate
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Ms Truss said the new security deal between the UK, USA and Australia – known as AUKUS – will help build “strong security ties around the world.” Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, she said she was “proud of the United Kingdom and our role in the world.”
The Foreign Secretary continued: “Our new security pact will not just make us safer at home, it could also create hundreds of new and high-skilled jobs, from the shipyards of Govan to the factories of Tyneside.”
She argued: “We will be working closer together to use a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, from nuclear-powered submarines at first and then looking at artificial intelligence and quantum computing.
“It shows our readiness to be hard-headed in defending our interests and challenging unfair practices and malign acts. It also shows our commitment to security and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.”
On Wednesday, the trilateral security pact was joined presented via video link by US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The agreement is designed to give Australia the ability to construct nuclear submarines.
It has been widely understood to be a product of renewed desires to minimise the influence of China in the Indo-Pacific region.
China responded to the AUKUS partnership by condemning the three nations for harbouring a “Cold War mentality.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs that the UK was “determined to defend international law,” despite the partnership not being “intended to be adversarial.”
The announcement of the AUKUS pact also sparked fierce backlash from across Europe.
French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the partnership as “unacceptable behaviour between allies and partners.”
The deal jeopardised ongoing French and Australian submarine agreements, scrapping the 2016 agreement for the supply of conventional submarines to Australia.
The AUKUS partnership will make Australia the seventh country in the world with nuclear-powered submarines in their arsenal.
The French government have also withdrawn their ambassadors to Australia and the US.
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French Minister for Europe, Clément Beaune, dismissed the UK as behaving “opportunistically” on an uncertain, post-Brexit political stage.
He added that the UK was a “junior partner” in the three-power agreement.
France’s foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, has called the partnership and its fallout a “serious crisis” between previous allies.
He told French television: “The fact that for the first time in the history of relations between the United States and France we are recalling our ambassador for consultations is a serious political act.”
It showed, he continued, “the magnitude of the crisis that exists now between our countries.”
Germany’s ambassador to the UK condemned the security pact as dangerous to the “coherence and unity of the West.”
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