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Statement as the new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss takes up her role

Written by Sara Pantuliano

Image credit:Liz Truss. Pippa Fowles/Number 10 Downing Street Image license:CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss will be responsible for steering the UK through a far-reaching, global economic crisis. But it’s not just a UK crisis. It affects all countries, whether rich or poor, to varying degrees. In Britain, just as in many other countries, people are already feeling the effects of rapidly-rising consumer prices and are scared about what is to come.

The UK cannot face the global economic crisis successfully on its own. Britain needs to act as a trusted, positive partner and player globally, because tackling our current problems will require many countries to work together on a shared basis.

To be able to successfully help Britain come through the economic crisis, the new UK PM will need to rebuild and restore the UK’s bruised and eroded international credibility, including resetting relations with Europe and rebuilding trust with its development partners.

As Britain’s Foreign Secretary under Boris Johnson, Liz Truss has strong experience of the importance of the UK’s global partnerships – and how quickly these can be undermined. I would welcome seeing PM Truss apply the determined approach that she is well-known for, to resetting the UK’s international relationships and its global standing.

Sara Pantuliano
Chief Executive, ODI