We will use our global diplomatic network to protect and promote UK interests worldwide. Retain and build up Britain’s international influence in specific areas in order to shape a distinctive British foreign policy geared to the national interest.
- Continue a strong, close and frank relationship with the United States that delivers concrete benefits for both sides;
- Advance the British national interest through an effective EU policy in priority areas, engaging constructively while protecting our national sovereignty;
- Deliver more effective and modernised international institutions, particularly the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, the European Union, the United Nations, the
Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Council of Europe;
- Strengthen the Commonwealth as a focus for promoting democratic values, human rights, climate resilient development, conflict prevention and trade;
- Use soft power as a tool of UK foreign policy; promote British values, including human rights; and contribute to the welfare of developing countries and their citizens;
The Foreign Secretary has outlined the importance of British values and human rights in the following video:
Video: British values and human rights
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- Reform the UK machinery of government in foreign policy: establish a National Security Council as the centre of decision-making on international and national security issues and help implement the foreign policy elements of the National Security Strategy and the Strategic Defence and Security Review.