Boris Johnson has announced at least 250 new diplomatic roles will be created overseas and that ten new sovereign missions will be opened over the next two years.
At least 250 new diplomatic roles will be created overseas in the coming 2 years as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) invests in a major expansion of the UK’s diplomatic service, an uplift of almost 15% on the number of British diplomats overseas.
Ten new sovereign missions, either embassies or high commissions, will also be opened over the next two years. This means that the UK will have more sovereign missions around the world than any other European nation.
As part of the Government’s Global Britain vision, this expansion of the UK’s global presence and increase in the number of diplomats underscore the government’s commitment to strengthening relationships with old allies and forging new partnerships around the world as the UK leaves the EU.
Commenting on the expansion, the Foreign Secretary said: “I am determined that we will seize the opportunity of leaving the EU to become a more outward-looking country, which promotes free trade, projects our values and defends the international rules based system. That is the best way to serve our interests overseas and to protect the security and prosperity of people here at home.
“The expansion of our overseas network with at least 250 more diplomats and 10 new overseas missions will enable us to do all this. It reflects the ambition of Global Britain and will make the UK’s overseas network of sovereign missions the largest of any European country.
“As we leave the EU, we will have a bigger global footprint and we will use our buccaneering spirit to go out and secure the right outcomes for Britain.”