Ed Miliband has set out his vision for British foreign policy.
In the last five years, David Cameron has presided over the greatest loss of British influence in a generation with a foreign policy characterised by inward-looking, small-minded isolationism which too often has put short-term party political interests ahead of the national interest.
Labour has a different view: we are stronger as a country when we look boldly, confidently outward to the world, not turning in on ourselves or acting on our own, but working with our allies, never for them. That’s how Britain can succeed. That’s how Britain will make a difference.
Here are three things you should know about how Ed Miliband and the Labour Party will restore Britain’s standing in the world.
- We will restore our commitment to international institutions including the UN, NATO, the Commonwealth and the EU. We achieve more with genuine and hard-headed multilateralism with our values at its core than turning inwards away from the world. Labour is serious about leading once again in Europe and serious also about reforming Europe.
- We will learn lessons from the past in how we use military intervention to respond to security threats. Legitimate interventions must be supported by international, regional and local players, and carried out with a clearly defined strategy, as well as include a comprehensive transition and post conflict strategy. These are the vital lessons of our recent past and we will not forget them.
- We will put reducing inequality, tackling climate change and promoting human rights at the core of Labour’s foreign policy.To deal with climate change we need Britain to play a leading role again - as we did at Copenhagen, and can do again in Paris later this year. This is our chance to demonstrate again what Britain can achieve.