Britain in the World

This conference explored the UK’s foreign policy priorities post-Brexit and examines its new role in the world

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Britain’s departure from the European Union signals the beginning of new challenges, opportunities and priorities. Foreign policy will have to explore how Britain fits into a new competitive and more state-based international system. This includes whether or not the UK will continue to act with its European partners in foreign affairs, for example in matters such as the Iran crisis.

The British withdrawal from the European Union also means a further distancing from the block’s defence policy. While the voices calling for a European Army have not yet ceased, British involvement in future multilateral defence efforts by the EU is becoming less likely. It is now vital to look into potential ways for cooperation and how both sides will restructure their policies and resources post-Brexit.

Furthermore, how will the British diplomacy machinery counteract these threats, how will new bonds be formed, and emerging challenges be met? Are the diplomatic processes enough to deal with the UK’s new position?

These and further questions are addressed during this conference, which explores the UK’s foreign policy priorities post-Brexit and examines its new role in the world.


  • Bim Afolami MP
  • Lucy Fisher, Defence Editor, The Times
  • Sir Lawrence Freedman, King’s College London
  • Deborah Haynes, Foreign Affairs Editor, Sky News
  • Professor Christopher Hill, University of Cambridge
  • Lord Houghton of Richmond GCB CBE DL, Former Chief of Defence Staff
  • Shashank Joshi, Defence Editor, The Economist
  • Hans Kundnani, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House
  • Tom Tugendhat MP
  • Professor Ngaire Woods, Founding Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government and Professor of Global Economic Governance , Oxford University
  • Catherine West MP

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