Event Recap

New Atlanticist

Sep 17, 2020

British foreign secretary: Post-Brexit Britain will pursue ‘distinct identity in the world’

By David A. Wemer

Amid continuing uncertainty about the exact economic and political relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab explained that the United Kingdom wants to “be masters of our own destiny, not just domestically, but [also] in terms of the approach we forge internationally.”

Human Rights Politics & Diplomacy

The Atlantic Council hosted on September 17, 2020, a conversation with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the future of the UK’s Global Britain initiative in an uncertain world. The UK has made clear that in leaving the European Union, it is pursuing  an ambitious role on the world stage. As an active force for good across multilateral organizations, including NATO and the UN, the UK took over the G7 and COP26 presidencies in 2021.  By establishing the new Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office, the UK aims to establish a values-based, pragmatic foreign policy combining diplomacy and aid.  Amid unprecedented global challenges, UK Foreign Secretary Raab outlined the UK’s strategy for engaging allies and partners now and in the future, including with the USA, as well as the unfolding situation in Belarus and managing relations with China and Russia.

This live show was part of the Atlantic Council’s #ACFrontPage event series, an ideas platform spotlighting global leaders who are championing constructive solutions to global challenges.

The Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative was pleased to present this live show as part of their mission to inform and influence the response to the global crisis. From publishing timely commentary and analysis across the continent to providing a transatlantic platform for European leaders driving the crisis response, the Atlantic Council is combining foreign policy, economic, and business expertise to help re-imagine the post COVID-19 world.

An #ACFrontPage Event

Atlantic Council Front Page is our premier live ideas platform for global leaders to discuss the defining challenges of our time. #ACFrontPage is a high-level event series featuring top newsmakers across multiple digital platforms. Harnessing the convening power and expertise of the Council’s sixteen programs and centers, #ACFrontPage leverages the Council’s capabilities in social media, press, and digital outreach to spotlight the world’s most prominent leaders and the most compelling ideas across sectors and engage new audiences eager for nonpartisan and constructive solutions to current global challenges. This widely promoted program features the Council’s most important guests and content serving as the highlight of our programming.


Rt. Hon. Dominic Raab
UK Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)

In conversation with

Mr. Damon Wilson
Executive Vice President
Atlantic Council

Introductions by

Mr. Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council