The former permanent under-secretary of the Foreign and Common Office, Sir Simon Fraser, appeared before the Foreign Affairs committee today and described the Prime Minister’s ‘Global Britain’ rhetoric as “mushy thinking” and a “slogan”.
He also called Brexit a “strategic error” and said that “a lot of countries think, for the time being, that we have slightly lost the plot in terms of where we intend to go.”
Commenting, Ian Murray MP, leading supporter of Open Britain and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said:
“It may not be fashionable to listen to experts, but the Government should urgently listen to the former head of the Foreign Office.
“The Prime Minister talks about building a Global Britain as though it's a new idea, and as though she has the faintest clue how to deliver it whilst also leaving the biggest free trade area in the world. It is meaningless guff.
“The reality is that Brexit is weakening our international standing, damaging our trade with Europe and the rest of the world and will weaken our ability to build a safer and more prosperous country and world.”