News | Published February 26 2020

Government promises to “overhaul its approach to foreign policy”

As part of an upcoming government review, Boris Johnson has announced the UK will seek to challenge “traditional Whitehall assumptions” about the UK’s foreign policy objectives.

Seeking “innovative ways” to promote UK interests in a cost-effective manner, the review will bring together internal and external experts to assess the diplomatic service, the fight against organised crime, technology use and the purchasing of military supplies.

In the Conservative manifesto for December’s general election, the party pledged that the UK would continue to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on international aid and exceed the two per cent of GDP spending target for Nato.

Boris Johnson is expected to announce further details in a written statement later today, including how long the review will take and what it will study.

The Integrated Review, which was first announced in December’s Queen Speech, has a wide remit. 

According to No 10, the review will define the government’s ambition for the UK’s role in the world, set out the way the UK will be a “problem-solving and burden-sharing” nation, determine the necessary capabilities for the next decade and identify the reforms needed to achieve these goals.

Expected to conclude later this year, the government said the review will serve to ensure “the UK’s best foreign policy minds are feeding into its conclusions and offering constructive challenge to traditional Whitehall assumptions and thinking.”

Commenting on the review, Johnson said: “We will be judged by how we respond to the opportunities ahead.

“As the world changes we must move with it – harnessing new technologies and ways of thinking to ensure British foreign policy is rooted firmly in our national

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The Parliamentary Review

February 26 2020

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