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The diplomacy of ‘Global Britain’: settling, safeguarding and seeking status

Whitman, Richard G., Hadfield, Amelia (2023) The diplomacy of ‘Global Britain’: settling, safeguarding and seeking status. International Politics, . ISSN 1384-5748. E-ISSN 1740-3898. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:101855)

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Brexit has induced a diplomatic reorientation on the part of the UK. In the post-referendum period ,the UK has sought both to re-make its relationship with Europe (mainly through negotiating a position as a third country to the EU) and to reset its broader foreign and security policy objectives beyond Europe. This article explores how this has been pursued through the reinforcement of Britain’s identity, role and status as a Euro-Atlantic power, alongside a ‘plurilateral’ approach that has emphasised partnerships and foreign policy issues within and beyond Europe. Through an examination of the UK’s developing relationship with the EU and role in the United Nations and the Commonwealth the article explores how the UK Government has sought to project British influence and to preserve the UK’s status as an international actor of note.

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Additional information: For the purpose of open access, the author has applied a CC BY public copyright licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising from this submission.
Uncontrolled keywords: Brexit, diplomacy, United Nations, Commonwealth, Global Britain
Subjects: J Political Science
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council (
Depositing User: Richard Whitman
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2023 18:12 UTC
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2024 14:12 UTC
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