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Former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt reflected on Britain’s ability to connect the nations of the world and promote cooperation. Speaking to Nick Robinson on her BBC Small Island or Global Britain program, she claimed the UK has been unsure of its global standing for 60 years. She also argued that the UK was making enemies in Europe and that a less close relationship with the European Union would reduce its reach on the global platform.
Mr Robinson said: “Britain should use its diplomatic strength, our membership in all these world clubs to show, under the terms of the government’s review of our place in the world, that we are solving the problems.
“There is only one problem with this, many of our traditional allies have come to see Britain as a problem maker rather than a solver.”
Mr Robinson then sat down with the former Danish Prime Minister to get his take on Britain’s future.
He noted that she now lives and works in London.
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She said: “I think Britain has been confused about its place in the world for the past 60 years.
“I believe Britain has the potential to be a link between nations because of its history and its commitment to liberal democracy and the rule of law.
“All of these things are so important.
“I have to say that looking at it right now, I don’t see it as something that could happen over the next few months or years to come.”
He said: ‘Could it be that your perspective on our place in the world depends on your perspective on Brexit?
“We asked pollsters Ipsos Mori to assess the attitude of the British public.
“43% said Britain should try to overtake its weight in world affairs.
“But a third, 33 percent, said Britain should stop pretending that we are a big power.”