Follow the day’s political developments as they happen, including the foreign secretary’s ‘road to Brexit’ speech at 11am
There’s been some reaction on the continent to the reports around Boris Johnson’s speech, in which he plans to set out the liberal argument for Brexit. Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s Brexit coordinator, has tweeted:
Putting up barriers to the movement of trade and people & suggesting that the identity of citizens can only be national is not liberal – it’s quite the opposite. https://t.co/g6RKDAmOll
Mordaunt refers to the UN’s recent admission that “there were 300 incidents of sexual exploitation and abuse, including child rape, carried out by UN peacekeepers and civilian staff in 2016”.
We will step up our existing work with the UN secretary general to stop abuses under the UN flag. There will be no immunity for rape and sexual abuse and I welcome the recent statement from the UN to that effect and note the work that Unicef has done.
We cannot let the UN flag provide cover for despiable acts.