The UK and Africa in the International System: Priorities and Engagement Post-Brexit
The UK maintains strong and historic relationships with many African states, and the continent is an important part of UK economic, security, and development policy. However, as the UK’s wider foreign policy priorities and relationships shift following the Brexit vote, uncertainty surrounding the country’s relationships with African states has increased.
The coming change may generate opportunities for strengthened relations with partners on the continent, but a lack of certainty and predictability as to how to capitalize on this change may be a disincentive to trade and investment. Furthermore, as the UK re-evaluates its role and status in the world, it will adjust its ambitions and contributions towards global peace and security initiatives, and there has been a hardening of public attitudes towards foreign aid.
This event brings together academics, business representatives, diplomats and government representatives, relevant stakeholders from across Whitehall departments and other experts to discuss what the UK’s vision and strategy for its post-Brexit Africa engagement should be, and what further research is needed to support policy-makers and to generate a broader understanding of challenges ahead.
It is held in partnership with the University of Leeds and supported by the Economic and Social Research Council.