Boris Johnson accused of ‘abandoning global moral leadership’ by Theresa May

Mrs May and Boris Johnson have rarely seen eye-to-eye (Image: PA)

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Theresa May has blasted Boris Johnson for abandoning Britain’s “position of global moral leadership”.

She said her successor as PM failed to honour British values by threatening to break international law in Brexit trade talks and tearing up the foreign aid target.

She said the actions did not raise “our credibility in the eyes of the world”.

Mrs May told a newspaper the election of ­President Biden gives the UK a “golden opportunity” to play a key role in making the world safer.

Meanwhile ex-Cabinet Secretary Lord Mark Sedwill claimed people who thought Mr Johnson wanted a Trump win were “mistaken”, claiming it would not have benefited the PM’s policy agenda.

In an article in the Daily Mail to mark the inauguration of Joe Biden as the US president, Mrs May hit out at the way Donald Trump had “whipped up” his supporters to storm the Capitol after refusing to accept the election result.

Mrs May drew comparisons with the murder of Pc Keith Palmer in a terrorist attack outside the Houses of Parliament.

Mrs May said the arrival of Mr Biden in the White House represented a “golden opportunity” for Britain, with the return of a more normal style of presidency.

Mrs May had a testy relationship with Donald Trump
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However, for the full potential of “Global Britain” to be realised in this new era there needed to be a change in international affairs and an end to the “absolutism” which said “if you are not 100% for me then you must be 100% against me”.

“In this world there is no room for mature compromise. Indeed, compromise is seen as a dirty word. In fact, the opposite is true,” she said.

“Strong leadership knows when to compromise to achieve a greater good. If the world is to work together to ‘build back better’ then we must all be willing to compromise.

“We must reject a scene in which a few strongmen face off against each other and instead bring people together in a common cause.”

“What happened in Washington was not the act of a lone extremist or a secretive cell, but an assault by a partisan mob whipped up by an elected president,” she said.

“I know from experience that leaving power is not easy – especially when you feel that there is more you want to do.

“But anyone who has the honour of serving in such a position must always remember that the office is bigger than the individual.

“The peaceful transfer of power is a hallmark of any democracy; it is what makes us special.”