BFPG EVENT: Foreign Policy in a Post-Brexit World

BFPG National Engagement Programme – Southampton
Jointly hosted by BFPG & Southampton Solent University

“Foreign Policy in a Post-Brexit World”

Tuesday 14th November, 5.00-7.30pm, The Spark

This event is the first in the BFPG’s new National Engagement Programme, discussing why foreign policy is relevant to the people of Southampton and Hampshire and why we should all care. With a focus on the links between prosperity, influence, and security, the discussion will cover a broad range of foreign policy related issues at a national, regional, and local level.

Speakers to include:

Keynote Speaker:

  • Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO: Permanent Under Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.



  • David Dingle: Chairman, Maritime UK
  • Professor Graham Baldwin: Vice Chancellor, Southampton Solent University
  • Mark Baulch: Head of Policy, Hampshire Chambers of Commerce
  • Hanna Head, Vice President, Welfare and Community, Southamton Solent Students’ Union



5pm – Doors open with networking and light refreshments.

5.30pm – Welcome by Professor Graham Baldwin, Vice-Chancellor, Southampton Solent University.

5.40pm – Keynote address – Sir Simon McDonald KCMG KCVO

6pm – Interactive Q&A panel discussion on the role and influence of foreign policy at a local and regional level.

7.15pm – End of panel, followed by networking and light refreshments.

7.45pm – End of event.


BFPG’s National Engagement Programme

The aim of this programme is to generate greater public discussion about the UK’s international position and choices. Through this process, the BFPG also intends to address growing public distrust and cynicism around UK foreign policy and our capacity to address critical international challenges.

The programme will consist of a series of events and activities across all of the UK designed to provoke discussion and interest amongst different groups on key foreign policy issues. By doing so it will enable UK citizens to better draw a connection between UK foreign policy decisions and their own lives and wellbeing. The project will also seek to help people across the UK appreciate that they have a voice and role to play in UK foreign policy decision making, along with a recognition of the consequences, both at home and abroad, of the decisions made in their name. The project will build a series of networks across the UK of citizens actively engaged on foreign policy issues, making their voices heard at local and national level with regards to how UK foreign policy choices impact the world, our country and their own communities.

The BFPG aims to provide the spark for active and positive engagement as well as the support and encouragement for this engagement to be continued.

Please register for the event HERE

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.