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Foreign Office left disoriented and demoralised by Brexit, say diplomats

The UK’s closest diplomatic allies have “checked the UK into the Priory” recovery clinic, according to a scathing assessment of the declining influence of the UK Foreign Office.

In a damning assessment in Prospect magazine, diplomats speaking on and off the record said the Foreign Office had been left disoriented and demoralised by Brexit and the successive establishment of rival departments including the Department for International Development, the trade department and the Brexit department.

A succession of anonymous ambassadors are quoted in the article as saying the Foreign Office is “exhausted”, in a “malaise” or suffering a crisis of confidence. They pin the blame largely on the former foreign secretary Boris Johnson and his lack of interest in foreign policy, as opposed to the politics surrounding Brexit.

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