Mark Pritchard questions the Foreign Secretary on the UK’s relationship with the USA, highlighting the importance of strong defence and security links through NATO and the OSCE and of sharing intelligence information to keep Britain safe, even if at times we need to be a “candid friend” when necessary.
I agree with the Foreign Secretary that sometimes being a friend of the United States means being a candid friend, but is it not the case that, when it comes to NATO, the OSCE and sharing intelligence information, the United States keeps Britain safe?
I am grateful to my hon. Friend for a characteristically perceptive point. Yes, not only has the United States kept the UK safe, but in many ways it has kept the whole of our continent safe since the end of the second world war. That is a giant political fact that this House should recognise.