UK Foreign Policy After Brexit

Following its departure from the European Union, the UK is defining a new foreign policy.

View of the London Eye from Downing Street at dawn, 1 December 2020.

Even before the vote by the British people to leave the European Union in 2016, UK foreign policy was already changing in response to shifts in domestic and international politics. But the UK’s departure from the EU has radically changed the parameters of its foreign policy. In particular, there has been much discussion about the idea of ‘Global Britain’ – but what exactly the phrase means is far from clear.

This project builds on the research paper Global Britain, Global Broker by Chatham House Director Dr Robin Niblett and explores how UK foreign policy might evolve. It especially focuses on the role of the UK in Europe, more widely than just the relationship with the EU, and encompassing other arrangements such as the E3 as a format for coordination between France, Germany and the UK.

This project is led by Thomas Raines (currently on sabbatical) and Professor Richard Whitman.