If Boris Johnson emerges victorious in the Conservative leadership contest next week, expect the traditional flurry of congratulatory phone calls from foreign leaders once he enters Downing Street.

This will be the relatively easy bit. Harder will be repairing relations with nations and leaders in a series of overseas visits – especially ones he has insulted (think describing the French as “turds”).

His credentials – serving as foreign secretary for just short of two years – mean he is no stranger to the secretive world of diplomacy. They would also, theoretically, set him up well to charm the UK’s closest allies. Though, his record at the Foreign Office is not exactly one most would boast about.

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