Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has distanced the UK from any connection with a project promoted by the European political community.
The meeting between Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in Germany sparked surprise when the Elysee Palace confirmed that the Prime Minister had expressed interest in Mr. wider European politics, including non-EU countries such as the UK. .
It forces Downing Street to stress that there is no prospect of a return to free movement across UK borders.
On Tuesday, Ms Truss was adamant that such a project should not be considered by the UK.
I don’t know the exact words that President Macron used, but we disagreed with it
Questioning Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Tugendhat, Ms Truss said the UK had not agreed to such a proposal.
“That’s not right.
“I don’t know the exact words that President Macron used, but we didn’t agree on that.”
She said the UK’s aim and ambition was to “strengthen” NATO, and highlighted the G7’s role as a “key alliance”.
Mr. Tugendhat asked her: “Aren’t you buying into his political and economic community?
Mrs. Truss replied, “No.”
Ms. Truss, who is visiting France this weekend instead said she wanted to see a more muscular Nato.
“We want to see an expanded Nato, we want to see a stronger Nato. We want to see more activity on the eastern flank,” she told the committee.
She also emphasized the importance of the G7 in the face of challenges from Russia and China.
“What I would like to see is the G7 acting as an economic Nato,” she told MPs.