How to send a submission:

Please note that the deadline for submissions has now passed.

The British Council APPG are undertaking an inquiry to identify the principal opportunities for the UK’s international engagement.. The inquiry will take a region-by-region perspective on the opportunities for UK trade, leadership and soft power over the next decade. 

You can contribute to the inquiry by answering the questions in the submission form, which can be downloaded below. Submissions will be accepted until Friday 21 May 2021. Submissions do not need to be in long form, and you may choose to address as many or as few of the questions as you wish. 

To submit your evidence please complete the linked permissions and contact form, and send your evidence to lizzie.parker@britishcouncil.org before midnight on 21 May 2021. It may not be possible to include evidence from any submissions that arrive after this date. 

Further information: 

The Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy (IR) sets out HMG’s vision for Global Britain’: a ‘soft power superpower’ that takes a leading role in global security, trade, diplomacy and development. Through its international connections, the UK can boost prosperity at home and support resilient, open societies overseas.

In response to the IR, the British Council APPG are undertaking an inquiry to identify the principal opportunities for a global UK to embrace an active role as global connector and ‘force for good’. The inquiry will consider the region-by-region opportunities for UK trade, leadership and soft power over the next decade.

We welcome written submissions relating to the questions below. We particularly welcome regional or nationally specific insight where this is relevant and your responses do not necessarily need to give a global overview. You do not need to address all of the questions. 

Regional Focus

1. What key geopolitical and economic trends should the UK consider when identifying opportunities in any or all of the following regions:

(a) Americas

(b) Europe (non-EU)

(c) East Asia

(d) MENA

(e) South Asia

(f) Sub-Saharan Africa

2. As trading blocs and major powers, how should the UK approach its relations with:

(a) the USA

(b) the EU 

(c) China 

3. What are the principal opportunities for the UK’s engagement with Commonwealth nations?

4. What are the principal opportunities for UK trade in countries with high-growth economies and which countries or regions should it prioritise? 

Thematic focus

5. What are the principal global opportunities for:

(a) The UK education sector

(b) UK creative industries

6. What are the key assets that will enable the UK to fulfil its global ambitions and navigate a new context characterised by multipolarity and geopolitical shifts?

7. How can the UK engage with diaspora communities to support and strengthen international links? Please consider using country specific examples as part of your response.

8. How can the UK support liberal values where they are contested or under threat? Please consider using region or country specific examples as part of your response.

9. How should the UK approach international engagement where bilateral relations are strained or deteriorating? Please consider using region or country specific examples as part of your response.

10. How can the UK act as a force for good in fragile and post-conflict states and help to build resilient societies? Please consider using region or country specific examples as part of your response.

You should feel no obligation to address every question raised, and so please only answer those questions relevant to your expertise.