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Rightly, a central tenet of British foreign policy has long been to abide – and to expect others to abide – by international law.
Hashtag Brexit denial 17/11/2022
Brexit denialist-in-chief Jacob Rees-Mogg is still in full flow. He denies that any harm has come from Brexit – even though he can’t find any benefits.
The post-Johnson era is already a nightmare 19/07/2022
Boris Johnson’s Trumpian remarks on the “deep state” will almost certainly have a destructive effect on British democracy.
Global Britain or Lonely Britain? 02/02/2022
Despite its claims of exceptionalism and the freedom to succeed outside of the European Union, in reality, the UK is no longer in the room where it happens, says former British diplomat Alexandra Hall Hall.
Russia’s leaders do not consider the UK to be their country’s equal in the global system. This creates problems for British policymakers – which Brexit is aggravating.
Report by the European Council on Foreign Relations says that more people see bloc as a key partner than the US.
'An Ethnocentric Strategy of Post-Brexit Imperial Nostalgia': The UK’s Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy 29/03/2021
Fabio Petito argues that the UK is failing to realise the importance of regional blocks and has few realistic responses to the current crisis of the liberal international order.
Foreign secretary told staff that “restricting” trade because of human rights abuses would mean missing out on “growth markets”.
Fisking Frost - Chris Grey 12/03/2021
[This post will] provide a detailed analysis of an article written by David (now Lord) Frost in this week’s Sunday Telegraph.
Brexit and beyond: UK Sanctions Policy 20/01/2021
'Before Brexit, the UK pursued its sanctions policy through multilateral fora, primarily the UN and the EU. The EU, in particular, offered a means of pursuing sanctions when the UN Security Council was deadlocked, or if UN sanctions were deemed insufficiently robust.'
Does the Brexit deal keep us safe? 05/01/2021
As the UK’s last European commissioner, I know how welcome it is that a deal was struck—and how much remains to be done
Chatham House director general says UK must not seek to be rival to EU on foreign policy
UK decision not to send minister to meeting is sign of how Brexit is shifting foreign policy.
After Trump security adviser John Bolton’s visit it’s clear the price of US backing will be paid both in trade and foreign policy.
A large number of our readers have asked us to factcheck a list of claims about the Lisbon Treaty, or “what will actually happen if we stay in the EU”, which has gone viral on social media.
In conversation with Sir Ivan Rogers 04/03/2019
The Institute for Government was pleased to welcome Sir Ivan Rogers, former UK Permanent Representative to the EU... The UK wants an ambitious future arrangement covering trade, cooperation in foreign and security policy, data exchange and more. But negotiations on the future relationship will be much more complex than those on the withdrawal...
Ex-ambassadors and high commissioners say UK is weakened by ‘fiasco’. / More than 40 former British ambassadors and high commissioners have written to Theresa May warning her that Brexit has turned into a “national crisis”...
The 2016 referendum, which resulted in a narrow win for those campaigning to leave the European Union, has posed perhaps the most complex set of questions ever faced by a peacetime government.
CakeWatch - Episode 33: Baskets Case 29/11/2018
The Centre for European Reform is the UK's foremost think tank on matters European, and Ian Bond is its Director of Foreign Policy, so Chris is in his element this week discussing how Brexit might affect both UK and EU foreign policy. Featuring not one, not two, but three baskets.
CakeWatch - Episode 3: the 40 watt amplifier 24/02/2018
Steve and Chris discuss how EU membership is a multiplier for member states' foreign policy, and Brexit's impact on British global influence.