Ukraine LIVE: Putin horror as Russian TV shows simulation of 3-minute nuclear strike on UK

BREXIT Britain is the “leading power in Europe”, an expert has said, arguing that Boris Johnson is spearheading the West’s fight against Vladimir Putin.

Nile Gardiner, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher, told Express.co.uk that the UK is “by far the leading power in Europe” when it comes to “responding to Russian aggression”.

This, he said, is a result of Brexit, which he described as being a “game-changer” for Britain in terms of its “leadership on the world stage”.

Mr Gardiner said that the country is “far more self-confident, assertive and willing to project power” now that it has departed from the EU.

This comes as the UK has been widely praised for its response to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described Mr Johnson as “an example”, suggesting that other countries were “performing a balancing act” when it comes to the war between Russia and Ukraine.

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