UK no longer Europe's "centre of gravity", says former Ambassador to Paris Lord Ricketts

The UK has lost its place as Europe’s “centre of gravity” in the eyes the USA warns former senior diplomat and cross-bench peer Peter Ricketts, who says the election of Joe Biden as America's next president would undermine its position still further.

“When Biden looks towards Europe, he will see Paris and Berlin more as the centre of gravity of what’s really important for America in Europe, both economically and in security terms, and Britain will be seen rather as an outlier, rather outside the mainstream of Europe,” he said.

“There will continue to be an important bilateral relationship on defense and security of course, but in other areas, Britain will not have the same prominence it has been used to having in Washington because, frankly, Britain is less useful to the U.S. administration.”

Ricketts is a former UK ambassador to Paris and NATO. He currently researches conflict and security topics as a visiting professor at King’s College London, and since 2016 has been a strategic adviser to Lockheed Martin UK.

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