LABOUR’S newly released manifesto has promised an end to “bomb first, talk later” military interventions as part of radical shake up of British foreign policy.
Speaking in Birmingham, Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to put human rights, international law and tackling climate change at the heart of a Labour government’s international policies.
The party’s manifesto says : “Labour will put human rights, international law and tackling climate change at the heart of our international policies, and use our global influence to end the ‘bomb first, talk later’ approach to security.
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“Britain deserves better than the Conservatives’ reckless approach to complex global challenges or the outsourcing of UK foreign policy to US President Donald Trump.”
A Jeremy Corbyn led government would also introduce a ‘War Powers Act’ – enshrining in law that the government must seek parliamentary approval before committing to military action.
Also included in Labour’s manifesto are plans to restrict the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia & Israel, and conduct an audit into Britain’s colonial legacy.
Labour’s foreign policy manifesto pledges:
- Introduce a War Powers Act to ensure that no prime minister can bypass Parliament to commit to conventional military action.
- Implement every single recommendation of the Chilcot Inquiry.
- Conduct an audit of the impact of Britain’s colonial legacy to understand our country’s contribution to the dynamics of violence and insecurity across regions previously under British colonial rule.
- Invest an additional £400 million in the UK’s diplomatic capacity to “secure Britain’s role as a country that promotes peace, delivers ambitious global climate agreements and works through international organisations to secure political settlements to critical issues.”
The foreign policy section of Labour party’s 2019 manifesto can be read here: https://bit.ly/2KGQ7Fv