New report by conservative think tank calls for radical rethink of UK development assistance
A new report endorsed by former UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson sets out a new vision for UK foreign policy and a radical rethink of its development cooperation. 'Global Britain: A Blueprint for the 21st century', written by Conservative MP Bob Steely and James Rogers, a strategist at the Henry Jackson Society think tank, calls for the UK’s foreign policy to refocus on three areas: freedom of trade, freedom from oppression, and freedom of thought. It proposes a unified national strategy for the UK’s foreign policy and a new strategy council that would help develop and oversee delivery.
The report has been published to influence an ongoing review by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on the future of UK soft power post-Brexit. Among its other recommendations is integrating the Department for International Development (DFID) within FCO and rejecting OECD rules on what counts as official development assistance.