Boris Johnson has said Britain must “step up, not step back” in the world’s trouble spots as he rammed home the message that Jeremy Corbyn is not the man to lead Britain through “this age of uncertainty”.
The Foreign Secretary made it clear that Theresa May is ”prepared to do everything necessary” to protect Britain against nuclear-armed nations just days after the Labour leader said he would never press the nuclear button.
Mr Johnson, who will hit the campaign trail on Thursday for the first time since the snap election was called, also dropped a heavy hint that the Conservative manifesto will pledge to maintain the Government’s defence spending at 2 per cent of gross domestic product.
He warned that in such “uncertain and unstable times” Western ideals of freedom – which are “not irreversible” – would only prevail if “we stand up for them and act accordingly”. His comments are likely to lead to speculation that Parliament could be asked to vote on military action in Syria after the election.
Contrary to reports that Mr Johnson was being sidelined by Mrs May, he will make a round of television appearances on Thursday morning as the Government’s main spokesman on the election.