Davey: PM must apologise to our Armed Forces personnel

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has called on Boris Johnson to apologise to Armed Forces personnel and their families after the worst foreign policy failure in decades.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey said: “Boris Johnson has overseen the most catastrophic foreign policy failure in decades. After 20 years of service and sacrifice by our Armed Forces in Afghanistan, the Taliban have swept back to power, risking both British national security and the lives of Afghan civilians, especially women and girls.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey

“Many former soldiers and their families are now being forced to ask the awful question: ‘was it all worth it?’ Hearing their stories has been truly heart-wrenching. No one in our Armed Forces should ever have to question whether their sacrifice and the sacrifice of the fallen was worth it.

“British lives were lost combatting the threat of terrorism in Afghanistan, but now Boris Johnson has made the British people less safe by leaving it to become a breeding ground for Al-Qaeda again. He should have been warning Donald Trump and Joe Biden of the dangers of withdrawal, and done all he could to stop this disaster.

“The nature of our withdrawal has meant that all we set out to achieve in Afghanistan has been lost. Boris Johnson has failed to leverage our relationship with the United States. The management of our evacuation has been shambolic. He must accept his share of responsibility. On behalf of the Government, the Prime Minister must now apologise to our Armed Forces personnel and their families.

“Boris Johnson must promise he will never let them down again.”

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