Following Brexit, the question of “what is Britain's role in the world?” has come into sharper focus than at any time for decades. We remain masters of our own destiny, though with increased independence comes the realisation that we must take more ...
Many of the objective elements of British power are unchanged. These include formal membership of international organisations such as the UN, the G7 and Nato, intelligence sharing arrangements (such as membership of the â€œfive eyesâ€ group), the Commonwealth and a broader network of strong alliances across the world.
We have world-class diplomatic and security services and the government has committed to meeting twoÂ per centÂ of GDP on defence, as required by Nato, as well as a real increase in the defence budget every year until 2020.Â
The overriding short-term goal for British foreign policy makers will be to help deliver a successful Brexit negotiation with the EU.
Yet the UK must develop a vision for what type of EU it would most like to see, and encourage its development. If there is one lesson from our history, it is that stability on the European continent must remain one of the highest priorities in national security.
It should be acknowledged that the UKâ€™s exit from the EU is likely to have an impact on sanctions against Russia and the broader cohesiveness of Nato.
For many years, the wheels of the EU and Nato worked with a certain synchronicity. Already, we have seen in the Nato Summit in Warsaw that this might be changing following Brexit.