Launch: The Price of Freedom – a 3% GDP Target for Securing UK International Interests

On Wednesday May 23rd, John Baron MP is hosting an event in Parliament for the launch of the upcoming BFPG report.

“The Price of Freedom? A 3% GDP Target for Securing UK International Interests” discusses whether our current spending (around 2.75% of our GDP in 2016/2017) is sufficient to protect and promote our interests and values internationally at a time of unprecedented change in our international circumstances. A growing body of evidence suggests the UK is not investing enough to maintain its relative security, prosperity or influence in the face of growing international volatility. This paper raises some of the issues and explores how additional resourcing might be innovatively deployed to modernise and extend on the considerable capacity the UK benefits from in pursuit of our international interests.

Speaking on the day will be:

John Baron MP

Tom Cargill – Executive Director, BFPG

Fabian Hamilton MP – Shadow Minister for Peace and Disarmament

Tom Tugendhat MP – Chair, Foreign Affairs Select Committee

Baroness Julie Smith – Member, House of Lords International Relations Committee

George Freeman MP

Register your interest in attending this event by emailing alice.campbell@bfpg.org.uk, we will be in touch shortly to confirm your place and provide more details

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@bfpg.org.uk

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 the BFPG as a researcher and helping establish the organisation.