AUKUS shows world UK is 'standing on own two feet' says Baker
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The UK announced a new defence partnership with the US and Australia as Western allies look to keep a check on China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific. In a joint statement on Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the creation of a “new trilateral defence partnership”. Conservative MP Steve Baker explained it shows off Britain’s opportunities outside of the EU.
Speaking on GB News Mr Baker said: “I am keen that we have a very good relationship with the French going into the future.
“They are our neighbours and we need them, particularly on energy so let’s try and be constructive.”
GB News Simon McCoy added that the UK was showing that it could stand on its own post-Brexit.
Mr Baker agreed and replied: “I think that has become clear for the whole world to see now.
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“We are striking those free trade agreements, we are exceeding to the trans-pacific partnership.
“We are also doing AUKUS.
“I think this does show to the whole world that we are capable of standing on our own two feet outside of the European Union.
“We are showing that we are dealing as sovereign equals and I am very pleased to see it.”
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European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen took aim at the US for the AUKUS move while speaking on CNN.
She argued the US and EU could not continue business as usual until the European Union had been given an explanation.
France is reportedly outraged at Australia pulling out of their agreed billion Euro submarine deal.
Ms Von der Leyen said: “Well there are a lot of open questions that need to be answered.
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“One of our member states has been treated in a way that is not acceptable.
“We want to know what happened and why, therefore, the US must clarify that before you keep on with business as usual.
I can very well understand the disappointment in Europe about the way this issue was handled.
“We are friends and allies and friends and partners talk to each other and talk to each other on issues of common interest.”
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