6 September 2021
Bridgen questions PM on the withdrawal from Afghanistan

Andrew Bridgen questions the Prime Minister on our withdrawal from Afghanistan and asks for the PM’s assessment of the state of the so-called ‘special relationship’ with the US.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

Following our ignominious withdrawal from Afghanistan, where we were effectively dragged out on the coat-tails of our more powerful American allies, the world has changed and become a more dangerous place. Will my right hon. Friend share with the House his latest assessment of the so-called special relationship? Is it not time for another defence review?

The Prime Minister (Boris Johnson)

I thank my hon. Friend, whose trenchant views I often agree with, but I think in this case the special relationship—at Carbis Bay I called it the irreplaceable or the indestructible relationship; I cannot remember exactly what phrase I used—is a basic geopolitical fact. On the special relationship rests much of the security of the last 100 years. It will continue to be of cardinal importance to this country. That is a fact that is as understood in Washington as it is in this country.