…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media.
Former business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg has highlighted how Brexit has given the United Kingdom the freedom to exhibit “global leadership” in the context of Ukraine, effectively making it impossible for Russian President Vladimir Putin to achieve his objectives.
Rees-Mogg emphasized that had the UK been constrained by the requirement of sincere cooperation and bound to follow a Franco-German approach in dealing with Russia, Putin would likely have successfully invaded Ukraine.
However, the leadership demonstrated by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, unencumbered by the constraints of cooperation, facilitated the formation of a coalition that thwarted Putin’s ambitions.
Rees-Mogg also expressed his view that removing Johnson from office would be a mistake, with the potential removal of Chancellor Rishi Sunak being an even greater misstep.
The Impact of Brexit on UK’s Approach to Ukraine
Rees-Mogg argued that Brexit allowed the UK to pursue a distinct and independent approach in providing military support to Ukraine.
Johnson, in a speech in Washington DC, acknowledged that Brexit played a significant role in enabling the UK to deviate from the EU’s approach towards Ukraine.
The previous EU framework, known as the Normandy Format, was led by France and Germany and did not involve British participation.
Johnson asserted that had the UK adhered to this framework, it is unlikely they would have been able to provide anti-tank weapons (NLAWs) to Ukraine.
Brexit allowed the UK to diverge from the EU approach and take a different and more effective stance in assisting Ukraine.
Johnson expressed hope that this alternative approach has been beneficial to Ukraine.
UK’s Commitment to Ukraine:
In terms of military aid, the UK has pledged £4.6 billion to support Ukraine thus far.
This commitment includes the provision of long-distance precision strike missiles, tanks, and the objective of training 30,000 new and existing Ukrainian personnel by 2023.
The UK’s substantial investment in military aid underscores its commitment to assisting Ukraine and countering Russian aggression.
Rees-Mogg’s statements highlight the perceived advantages of Brexit in enabling the UK to demonstrate global leadership and assert its independent foreign policy stance regarding Ukraine.
By being free from the constraints of sincere cooperation with the EU and the Normandy Format, the UK could forge its own path in supporting Ukraine and resisting Russian aggression.
This narrative underscores a belief that Brexit has granted the UK greater autonomy and agility in responding to international challenges.
Moreover, the statements reflect a sense of confidence in the leadership of Boris Johnson, specifically in his ability to make decisive and effective decisions unencumbered by EU frameworks.
Rees-Mogg’s warning against changing the party leader indicates concerns about potential instability within the Conservative Party and the negative consequences it could have for their political fortunes.
The UK’s commitment to providing significant military aid to Ukraine demonstrates the country’s dedication to supporting a partner nation in a time of crisis.
This commitment not only highlights the UK’s global role but also signifies its alignment with broader efforts to counter Russian aggression in Eastern Europe.
Rees-Mogg and Johnson’s assertions regarding the impact of Brexit on the UK’s approach to Ukraine highlight a belief in the benefits of sovereignty and independent decision-making.
While opinions on Brexit and its consequences may vary, these statements exemplify a perspective that views Brexit as an opportunity for the UK to exert its influence on the world stage and pursue its own foreign policy objectives.