The Integrated Review: Global Britain’s new European policy

In this discussion, panellists reflect on Britain’s cycles of disengagement and re-engagement with Europe and examine if a ‘Global Britain’ can escape the gravitational pull of Europe.

Members event, Panel
20 April 2021 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

On 1 January, Britain left both the European Customs Union and the Single Market. The resulting trade relationship governed by a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) is Britain’s latest attempt to ‘take back control’ and regain British sovereignty from the EU’s ‘regulatory orbit’ and take a more global approach.

Historically, Britain’s relationship with Europe has been ambivalent at best. Throughout the 20th century, Britain sought to distance itself from the continent only to be pulled into a world war or into continental integration. Britain has always looked to the world alongside continental affairs and the recently published Integrated Review of Defence, Diplomacy and Development reflects Britain’s global ambitions and conspicuously lacks plans for future relations with the EU.

What can we expect from the post-Brexit UK–Europe relationship? Will Britain continue to be pulled back towards the continent? How can Britain remain relevant on the global stage outside of the EU?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

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