Friday 15 January 2021 / 10:30 PM Keir Starmer

Starmer: G7 is Britain’s chance to lead the global recovery

Keir Starmer will today call on the Government to use Britain’s hosting of the G7 summit this year to “secure and rebuild our economy and make Britain lead in the world again.”

Referencing the work done by Labour Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair on global poverty and the financial crisis, he will call on Boris Johnson to take a bold approach to rebuilding after the pandemic.

Speaking at the Fabian Society conference, the Labour leader will set out his vision for Britain as a “moral force for good in the world” and accuse the Conservatives of overseeing “a decade of global retreat.”

He will say that “Britain is at is strongest” when it is “the bridge between the US and the rest of Europe.”

Ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Biden on 20 January, Starmer says he is “incredibly optimistic about the new relationship we can build.”

The speech marks Starmer’s first full remarks on UK foreign policy since being elected Labour leader. He will describe himself as “Pro-American but anti-Trump,” saying that he is committed to a new US-UK relationship, consisting of “a strong future together, on everything from security, climate change, aid and trade.”

He will also critique Boris Johnson’s record on foreign affairs, accusing the Prime Minister of “spending the last few years cosying up to people who don’t have Britain’s interests at heart and courting the idea that he is Britain’s Trump.”

On Britain’s future relationship with the EU, Starmer will say:

“I want that to be a close economic relationship, rooted in our values, based on high standards and with protections for businesses, for working people and the environment.

“Of course, Boris Johnson will never do that, he wants something completely different from Brexit. And we’re already seeing that workers’ rights are at risk, the 48-hour week and the Working Time Directive could be ripped up.”

On hosting the G7, Starmer will say:

“Britain hosts the G7 this year. That’s a huge opportunity to shape the recovery, to bring countries together in order to rebuild our economy and to repair our climate.

“We need to seize this chance to lead again, just as Blair and Brown did over global poverty and the financial crisis.”

On next week’s Presidential inauguration, Starmer will say:

“This isn’t a normal transition of power from one President to another. The pictures on our TVs in the last few weeks make that clear. The US is more divided than at any time I can remember.

“Amid all that, this is a moment of huge optimism, of hope winning out over hate. And it can also be a turning point. Not just in America but also for Britain’s relationship with the US and for global politics.”