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UK a Lower-Status Nation because of Brexit, Says David Miliband

UK a Lower-Status Nation because of Brexit, Says David Miliband

LONDON — Former foreign secretary David Miliband has delivered a stark assessment of the United Kingdom’s global standing post-Brexit.

In an op-ed for The Observer, Miliband contends that Britain’s influence has waned, relegating it to the ranks of “middle powers” on the world stage.

Since the contentious decision to leave the European Union, the UK has grappled with its diminished role in international affairs.

Miliband, now president and chief executive of the International Rescue Committee, argues that the decline is palpable.

“Our wealth, military assets, and reputation have all declined relative to other countries in the last decade,” he writes.

Miliband pulls no punches when addressing the impact of Brexit. He dismisses the notion that Britain could “hold all the cards” independently, emphasizing the interconnectedness of global politics.

“Wishful thinking about our power and position” has left the UK ill-prepared to navigate a world marked by growing risks and assertive nations.

To reverse this trajectory, Miliband advocates for a fundamental shift in mindset.

He urges the UK to forge closer political and foreign policy links with Europe.

While relations with NATO remain robust, the near-nonexistent ties with the EU stand out. The war in Ukraine, which has brought the EU and NATO closer together, underscores the urgency of reengagement.

Miliband’s call to action extends beyond party lines. His plea for cooperation and coordination aligns with the realities of a multipolar world.

As the UK grapples with its post-Brexit identity, it must recognize its place among equals. “Structures and commitments need to be put in place,” he asserts, emphasizing shared interests in foreign policy, defense, security, and development.

The Johnson government’s wishful thinking, according to Miliband, exemplifies the danger.

In a world where transactional powers flex their muscles, the weakening of the multilateral system demands strategic recalibration. Britain’s destiny lies not in isolation but in active engagement with allies and adversaries alike.