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UK ministers pull out of Munich security summit

Many senior British Ministers were absent at the Munich security summit, which took place from 14-16 February.

The annual conference gathers world leaders to discuss international security policy. Among those in attendance were French President Emmanuel Macron, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi.

However, UK defence secretary Ben Wallace dropped out to be replaced by junior foreign minister Andrew Murrison, who was then suddenly sacked in the Cabinet reshuffle. Murrison’s replacement James Cleverly was scrambled to the conference just two days into the job.

Many international leaders expressed surprised at Britain’s reduced appearance at the conference, at such a pivotal time for Brexit.

Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt tweeted: “The one nation that is nearly completely absent from [Munich] is the UK. Very strange. Ministers were supposed to come, but then everyone withdrew. Has ‘Global Britain’ gone fully introvert?”

 

Pictured: the 53rd Munich Security Conference in 2017