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Labour Sets Out Foreign Policy Stance, Could Signal Future UK Outlook


Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy has been speaking at a Chatham House event in London, delivering a speech on the opposition centre-left Labour Party's foreign policy stance. Speaks on EU-UK relations, UK policy in Indo-Pacific, UK semiconductor strategy, and Ukraine.

  • While an opposition speaker would not usually be of significant interest, at present opinion polls point towards a comfortable Labour win at the next general election. As such the opposition's policies could become UK doctrine, garnering attention from the EU, US, Russia, and in Asia.
  • Latika Bourke at SMH: "Lammy on security: The public understand that we face a more insecure world since height of Cold War. re Ukraine - govt has had Labour's 'total support' Britain is united on this, whoever is in govt, Labour will stand with Ukraine for the long-haul."
  • "Lammy cites Australia and AUKUS as first [example] of alliance then with Japan but says Labour's first priority would be resetting the relationship with Europe. Lammy: We will pursue a new EU-UK security pact, institutionalising progress through summits and dialogues at official and leader level."
  • "Lammy cites US and EU subsidising chip manufactures but the UK [is] only commissioning research and [has] no semi-conductor strategy, which Labour will produce."
  • "Lammy says Labour will build on govt's commitment to Indo Pacific. 'This is not about tilting one way or the other, it's an essential response to the shifting centre of gravity.'"
  • "Lammy: China's growth has been matched by more repression at home and aggression abroad. He points to China's treatment of Australia and Lithuania as examples. Labour will conduct audit of China relationship."

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