Former foreign minister Alexander Downer says a “real reorientation” of British foreign and security policy following Brexit has helped make the AUKUS alliance possible.

“I don’t know whether Remainers in the UK would want to admit that but there’s no doubt about it, that has had a significant impact,” Mr Downer told Sky News host Chris Kenny.

“I was the foreign minister for very nearly 12 years and in that time not once did a British foreign minister visit Australia.

“Whereas now the UK [is] just about to complete negotiations for a free trade agreement with Australia.

“They’ve now entered into this partnership with Australia and the United States.”

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