The Foreign Office’s top diplomat, Sir Simon McDonald, has said that Brexit will make it “more difficult” for the UK to exert global influence.
Speaking at the Institute for Government think-tank, he also commented that the ‘Global Britain’ slogan had “shortcomings”.
Commenting, Stephen Doughty MP, leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:
“Boris Johnson could learn a thing or two from listening to his top civil servant. Sir Simon McDonald is absolutely right that that Brexit will make it ‘more difficult’ for the UK to exert our influence around the world.
“From Putin to ISIS, it is clear that the challenges we face are best dealt with in partnership with our neighbours. Brexit has become an enormous distraction, which leaves us outside the room on key issues and risks diminishing our role on the world stage.
“The Foreign Secretary needs to understand that empty waffle about ‘Global Britain’ is simply not a substitute for actual leadership and diplomacy.
“If the final Brexit deal threatens to weaken Britain on the world stage, it is only right that we have a People’s Vote on it, so that the public can decide whether it serves the national interest.”