The authors will discuss how Britain’s global role and influence can be enhanced rather than diminished post-Brexit, with a diplomatic, security, development and trade agenda based on hard-headed realism, including a review of budgetary priorities.
As a firmly European country, they see the UK as a key player with Germany and France in the wider Europe, and a leader in security issues threatening the continent’s stability. They do not regard the relationship with Moscow as inevitably confrontational, but believe strengthening NATO is essential and a top priority to contain Russia.
In the wider world, Lord Owen and David Ludlow will contend that a reinvigorated UK–US relationship will be critical, but must accommodate differences in some core areas, such as dealing with China. Furthermore, they see the UK’s new aircraft carrier at the heart of a UN Rapid Reaction Force drawn mainly from Commonwealth countries, including Australia, Canada, India and New Zealand, and supporting operations around the globe.
The Rt Hon the Lord Owen CH was a Labour and SDP MP for twenty six years from 1966 to 1992, serving as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary in several governments. He was a co-founder of the Social Democratic Party, and its Leader from 1983 to 1987, and the continuing SDP from 1988 to 1990.
David Ludlow is a former British diplomat, whose career has spanned the public and private sectors. After stints in the British Embassy in Moscow at the end of the Gorbachev era, he spent two years working with David Owen at the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia.
Lord Owen and David Ludlow will be on hand to sign copies of their latest book entitled British Foreign Policy After Brexit: An Independent Voice (Biteback Publishing: 13 July 2017), which will be on sale.
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