Today Boris Johnson has merged two departments which will Simplify and better deal with the distribution of foreign aid, giving more power to the Foreign Secretary.
Addressing the Commons this afternoon, Mr Johnson said: “If there is one further lesson is that a hole of Government approach getting maximum value for the British taxpayer is just as important abroad as it is at home. “This is exactly the moment when we must mobilise every one of our national assets, including our aid budget and expertise to safeguard British interests and values overseas. “The best opportunity to do that will be a new department charged with using all the tools of British influence to seize the opportunities ahead.”
The statement comes after crossbench peer Lord Bew ran a review into UK aid spending. This was to revise how the 14 million aid budget is best used with UK partners.
Mr Johnson insisted that this division will bring the FCO with British Ambassadors across the world together.
Boris insisted that this merely allows the UK to follow in the footsteps of other nations such as Australia and Canada to best exploit the assets of the British Government overseas.
The Prime Minister’s speech comes after a meeting with Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen on Monday.
Following a report on the continuing Brexit trade discussions, Mr Johnson and the top echelons of the European Union consented talks demand “new momentum” before a deal could be agreed.
Pervious negotiation talks have been at a deadlock due to numerous contentious issues like accessibility into UK waters on fisheries and EU demands for a Level playing field on regulations.
It’s thought progress may be able to go forward as acknowledgment has now come from the EU Commission President that EU vessels will not have automatic access into UK fishing waters.
President von der Leyen is believed to have recognised the UK will be a independent coastal country as the transition period ends, meaning London will be regulating access holding the controls of access.
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The UK has maintained that withdrawal from the EU would enable British communities to take back its control of the fishing stocks in UK waters.
But London also signalled a willingness to consider granting access to its nearest commercial partners based on talks over shared quotas.
A UK Government spokesman stated: “During the fourth round of discussions we chose to make our perspectives on fishing clear.
“We remain willing to work hard to reach a separate fisheries framework agreement with the EU as envisaged from the Political Declaration.
“The EU has maintained its position, which attempts to tie a fisheries framework arrangement to the wider FTA and take care of the status quo on accessibility provisions and quota sharing. This is incompatible with all our upcoming standing as an independent coastal state.
“We cannot agree with arrangements that are manifestly unbalanced and against the interests of the united kingdoms fishing industry.”