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In Defence of Multilateralism

Britain’s place in the world, and its future role internationally are the subject to both great uncertainty and increased scrutiny in the context of the Brexit Debate. Britain’s political class are divided over whether it will further erode and diminish our global influence or whether it will spark a new ‘Global Britain’ approach, enhancing our international prestige and renewing our relationships. It is a debate taking place against the backdrop of international dynamics from migration to global economic competition that are in turn influencing the domestic policy debate. With the multilateral apparatus already fraying at the edges, where does Britain go from here?

At this Westminster seminar Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, will be outlining her thinking on this important debate, also to be covered in an upcoming paper for the Foreign Policy Centre. She will address three key questions: what is the nature of the modern world? What do we want to achieve in it? And what are the levers Britain can pull and the resources we can bring to bear to achieve our foreign policy aims? She will be joined by an expert panel to examine those answers and share their own views on the challenges of how Britain can better contribute to developing a more secure international environment through the introduction of new norms, better international legal frameworks and stronger institutions.

When July 9, 2019 6pm-7.30pm

Grimond Room, Portcullis House, London, SW1A 2JR


Helen Goodman MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Lord Peter Ricketts, Former UK National Security Advisor and Former Permanent Under Secretary at the FCO

Dr Marina Prentoulis, Senior Lecturer at the UEA, National Committee for Another Europe is Possible and FPC Research Fellow

Chair: Steve Bloomfield, Deputy Editor of Prospect Magazine

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

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