In this second episode, we join the Europe Director Caroline Wilson with Boris Johnson on their whistle-stop tour from RAF Northolt to Lisbon and Paris. As diplomats prepare for the post-Brexit world, we eavesdrop on Foreign Office discussions around the globe: at Whitehall, in far-flung embassies in Nigeria and Mongolia, and even on the former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's private plane, as he switches from speaking English to French. We also examine how important trade with Commonwealth countries... [see more] will become, and visit Lagos, where the traditional Queen's birthday party proves an opportunity for Foreign Office staff to make connections with the vibrant characters in Nigerian business. And, in Mongolia, Her Majesty's ambassador Catherine Arnold meets the Mongolian President, encourages a British company to debut anti-pollution face masks at an annual fashion show, and visits a ten billion dollar Rio-Tinto mine near the Chinese border.
INSIDE THE FOREIGN OFFICE follows the men and women who work in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of Britain, a less-known but highly prestigious branch of British government. The three-part series was filmed over the course of a year in mid-2017 as they worked tirelessly to respond the global crises and reassert British influence on the world stage.