BFPG EVENT: The UK election and foreign policy – Brexit & Beyond

National Election Event – Birmingham
Jointly hosted by BFPG & Birmingham City University Centre for Brexit Studies

The UK election and foreign policy – Brexit and Beyond

Friday 2nd June, 9.30-13.00, Birmingham City University

Attendance is free.

This event, to take place one week before the election, is an important opportunity to discuss the UK’s international position and choices at a critical time for our country.  Bringing together political, business, expert and civil society perspectives, the meeting will focus on how the entire UK, including resurgent cities and regions such as Birmingham and the West Midlands, can seize new opportunities to secure our safety, prosperity and international influence for regional and national benefit.

The British Foreign Policy Group will also be launching the results of a new national poll undertaken by BMG Research of popular views on foreign policy issues which demonstrate that people across the UK would often like to be more engaged on foreign policy issues.

Speakers to include:

                Crispin Blunt – Conservative Candidate for Reigate and former Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee

Geoff Hoon – Former Labour Defence Secretary

Baroness Smith of Newnham – Liberal Democrat Peer


Tom Cargill – British Foreign Policy Group

Professor Alex de Ruyter, Director of Centre for Brexit Studies

Dr Stefania Palidini – Centre for Brexit Studies

Dr Michael Turner – BMG Research

Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Rep –  (TBC)


Due to high demand and limited spaces, attendance to this event will be on an invitation-only basis. To request an invitation please email : Places will be confirmed by the 31st May along with more details of the event.

As part of our national engagement strategy, we have also partnered with Qutee, a new social platform where we can discuss foreign policy issues online.  We recognise the importance of extending the conversation of the UK’s foreign policy priorities beyond our events, so we encourage you to participate in the online discussion by sharing your thoughts and information on the issues raised. We will be discussing in more detail how you can get involved at the event, however to join the conversation now, simply click over to our BFPG Qutee page, sign up for free and start posting.

The Birmingham City University Centre for Brexit Studies ( is a new academic centre for the understanding of the implications of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the BFPG. The BFPG is an independent not for profit organisation that encourages constructive, informed and considered opinions without taking an institutional position on any issue.
Edward Elliott

Edward Elliott is Research & Operations Manager at the British Foreign Policy Group. He is a graduate in politics, international relations, French, and law, having studied at Durham University and Sciences Po. Fluent in Spanish as well as French, he has worked in France, Spain, England, and Slovakia before joining and helping establish the BFPG.