UK opposition leader Keir Starmer has embarked on an international tour of key allies to boost his profile and lay some groundwork for what appears to be his inevitable march to Downing Street.
With his Labour Party currently 17 points ahead in the polls and a general election likely to be held next year, both Starmer and Britain’s allies are preparing themselves for the transition of power.
For Starmer, his tour indicates some of his foreign policy priorities.
At a summit of ‘Progressive’ politicians hosted by Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau, Starmer outlined an “axis of instability,” that the West faces today, centred on the four threats of people smuggling, terrorism, climate change and weakening democracy.
This trip came after an earlier visit to the Hague to discuss revising the EU and Britain’s post-Brexit immigration arrangements to help combat the number of small boats of migrants heading to the UK.
Starmer is expected to meet President Emmanuel Macron in France on 19 September, where the Labour Leader’s ambitions to revise other aspects of Britain’s Brexit deal will likely be discussed.
Superficially, many of Britain’s Western allies should welcome Starmer’s likely election and the issues he’s currently flagging. Ideologically, Britain’s right-wing Conservative government is currently out of step with most of the UK’s allies: the US, France, Germany, and Canada all led by centrist or centre-left politicians.