Global Britain and Upgrading: Building UK Democracy, Resilience and Security
June 29 Global Britain and Upgrading: Building UK Democracy, Resilience and Security
This new report explores the main areas of alignment between the UK’s two major international and national renewal projects – Global Britain and Leveling Up – and shows how, both conceptually and practically, they could work together in mutually beneficial ways. . In doing so, this report aims to spark a vibrant new public conversation on how to best solidify and advance our resilience building at home and abroad.
Written by BFPG Director Sophia Gaston, the report argues that investing in the country’s digital capabilities and the net zero transition will not only improve our national security and collective resilience, but will help boost local economic growth at the heart of the realization of Leveling. On today’s agenda. At the same time, building a more prosperous, equitable and cohesive society, underpinned by an efficient and inclusive economy and democratic institutions, must be the foundation for a successful Global Britain project.
-The UK has distinct advantages in adapting to the 21st Security paradigm of the century, comprising world-renowned universities, a culture of dynamic innovation, a cultural instinct towards openness and a stable and efficient regulatory environment. But we cannot afford to rest on our laurels as the nature and scope of threats evolve and proliferate.
– Addressing our structural economic and social weaknesses at home – including regional inequalities, barriers to our productivity, and asymmetric education and skills outcomes – will help us become more comprehensive and resilient in a changing global landscape. rapid evolution.
-There will be special dividends in supporting talent pipelines in industries critical to our national security, as well as digital technologies and “green” jobs – careers that are also likely to be more sustainable in the future.
-Integrating our national and international ambitions, giving Britons a more direct and visible interest in the globalized economy, and helping citizens understand their individual role in the security of the nation, will be crucial bases in obtaining public consent for a Britain that is active, open and engaged in the world.
-As many of our closest allies face similar national and international challenges, we should extend the framework of international cooperation outside its traditional parameters, to also consider the future of democratic governance, social cohesion in open societies and the provision of essential national resources. infrastructure – as a matter of collective resilience.
Recommendations for advancing national-international integration
- The integration of national and international policies must be pursued wholeheartedly and underpinned by a centralized form of policy control within government.
- The UK government must make Global Britain’s goals part of the DNA of the Leveling Up program, ensuring that the security and openness the British people need does not fall into competition and giving more Britons a participation in the globalized economy.
- Preventive and tactical approaches to foreign policy will reduce the costly burden of responsiveness and the relentless need to seek renewed consent.
- The British people need to feel represented, understood and connected to their foreign policy. The government and the foreign policy community at large must begin to engage directly with the British people.
- Leveling Up must go beyond the archetypal narrative of the ‘left behind’ and recognize the insecurities and disengagement among less visible groups, including women, youth and ethnic minorities.