Monday 15 March 2021 / 10:30 PM Foreign Policy / Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy comments on the Government’s Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on the Government’s Integrated Review of security, defence, development and foreign policy, said:

“The Government says Russia is the No. 1 threat to our security but it has refused to implement any of the recommendations of the Russia report, damaged relations with our NATO partners in Europe and its mismanagement of the defence budget has undermined the foundations of our defences.

“In a world where battlefields no longer have boundaries and we face the twin threats of state-based warfare and hybrid attacks, this lost decade has left our defences down in our own backyard.

“There is a yawning chasm between the Government’s words and its actions. It wants to uphold international law but repeatedly breaks it. It lauds the importance of conflict resolution and counter-terrorism while cutting those programmes in Syria and Iraq. It preaches peace in Yemen but sells arms to Saudi. It wants to build alliances but antagonises our allies. It wants to lead on climate change but has no plan for net zero.

“Britain needs a plan that leaves us secure and resilient at home, reliable and trusted abroad, by focusing on playing a leadership role in our own neighbourhood. Instead of a strategy we have a series of slogans that leave us woefully unprepared for the immediate challenges we face.”