BFPG EVENT: Yorkshire’s International Relations Post-Brexit

Friday 23rd February 2018, University of Leeds, School of Civil Engineering, LT B (3.25) Lecture Theatre 76




The British Foreign Policy Group is co-hosting the event, “Yorkshire’s Post-Brexit International Relations” in association with the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds on Friday 23rd February.

This event is part of the BFPG’s National Engagement Programme, a nationwide series of events which aim to generate greater public discussion about the UK’s international position and choices.

This event will bring a panel of speakers from across the UK together with a diverse audience to address particular issues around Leeds and Yorkshire’s international prosperity, influence, and security and why/how that affects us in the UK.


12:30-13.15 Networking and Lunch

13.15-13.30 Opening remarks

Professor Tom Ward, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education 

Tom Cargill, BFPG Executive Director

13.30-15.00 Panel Session

Chair: Dr Victoria Honeyman: Lecturer in British Politics at the University of Leeds

Peter Jones, COO Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Fabian Hamilton MP, Labour MP for Leeds North East, Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament 

Henri Murison, Director, The Northern Powerhouse Partnership 

Molly Johnson, BFPG Student Ambassador, Student at the University of Leeds


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.

To view the event summary for the last BFPG event in Edinburgh, click 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.
Tom Cargill

Tom Cargill is Executive Director of the British Foreign Policy Group. He has worked in various roles in the public, private and NGO sectors, including at the charity for children in care Believe, as well as 10 years at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) followed by 4 years at the engineering, procurement and construction multinational Bechtel. He is the author of numerous reports, chapters and articles on international and foreign policy issues.