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Government view of Britain's role in the world unrealistic, says report

Publié par Clifford Armion le 03/08/2012

Richard Norton-Taylor

The government's claim that the rise of new global powers and shifts in the centres of economic activity will in no way reduce Britain's influence in the world is wholly unrealistic, according to a withering report by senior MPs and peers.

It says oversight by the National Security Council, which includes the heads of MI5 and MI6, is "not sufficiently broad and strategic", and sharply criticises ministers for withholding information to avoid proper parliamentary scrutiny.

The report, released on Thursday by the joint parliamentary committee on the national security strategy, describes as extraordinary the failure of the council to discuss the implications of the collapse of the eurozone or the possibility of Scottish independence.

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"Government view of Britain's role in the world unrealistic, says report", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), août 2012. Consulté le 30/07/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/government-view-of-britain-s-role-in-the-world-unrealistic-says-report