Only Tories can give Britons security they need, says Boris Johnson
The Conservatives have a “clear plan for Brexit” according to the Foreign Secretary.
Boris Johnson has stressed the need for strong leadership in “uncertain and unstable times”, insisting that only the Tories can provide the security Britons need.
In an attempt to draw clear dividing lines with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Foreign Secretary hailed Theresa May’s commitment to the Trident nuclear deterrent and the Nato military alliance.
He also insisted that the Tory leader was best placed to handle the Brexit negotiations – although he acknowledged they would be difficult and “some plaster may fall off the ceiling”.
At the Lord Mayor’s banquet at Mansion House in the City of London, Mr Johnson told assembled diplomats that a “serious and clear-sighted” approach was needed to deal with issues including the conflict in Syria, the battle against Islamic State and Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
Mr Johnson did not directly attack Mr Corbyn in his speech as with a diplomatic audience he could not be overtly political.
But in a clear reference to the June 8 General Election he said “clear leadership” was needed to “navigate this age of uncertainty”.
He said: “We are determined to provide that leadership, to give people the security and certainty they need. There can be no more important task for a government than to keep people safe – and we must be prepared to do everything necessary to do so.
“It is why the Prime Minister made it a priority when she took office last year to ensure the renewal of Britain’s crucial independent nuclear deterrent and to lead the debate in Parliament.
“It is why she made it clear in the US earlier this year that Britain saw our profound security and defence alliance with the US as part of the bedrock of global security in the modern world.”
Mr Johnson said the Conservatives had a “clear plan for Brexit” and the Prime Minister had set out her desire “to get a good deal that works for both Britain and our European friends”.
“And though I have no doubt that the negotiations will be tough and some plaster may fall off the ceiling, I am also sure that Theresa May can pull it off, and usher in a new era of free trade deals,” he said.
A Tory source said the dangers in the modern world meant the “tough choices cannot be left to Corbyn” and the Labour leader would be “too big a risk” to handle the task of Brexit.