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Johnson and Corbyn collude in shrinking the nation’s foreign policy horizons

Neither can offer any argument about Britain’s role in the world today—let alone a convincing one

By Rafael Behr  

Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

When Theresa May appointed Boris Johnson as her foreign secretary in 2016 she did not expect him to do the job well, or really do it at all. The former prime minister knew that Johnson had neither the discipline nor the discretion to serve as the country’s top diplomat, but she needed pro-Brexit figures prominent in her government. One Downing Street advisor told me that Johnson was over-promoted to set him up for failure. May thought his unsuitability for high office would be exposed…

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