Everybody in the UK benefits from the international system – from laws that govern trade and protect our rights, to institutions that deal with shared challenges.
But the proceeds of globalisation have not been evenly distributed. Many perceive a Britain that is more ‘global’ as more dangerous, more foreign, and more ‘other’.
In some countries, embracing this trend has led to electoral advantage, at least in the short-term. But this is not a strategy for the future. Britain’s long-term interests require a different approach. Increasingly, our prosperity and security depend on factors that we cannot control alone. Now, more than ever, Britain’s national interest and the UN Charter’s vision of a peaceful and more just world are one and the same.
These issues should be bigger than party politics. We seek to establish a cross party consensus on the value of the United Nations, and the need for a principled, engaged Britain.
Our evaluation of the UK's performance is based on those areas where we believe the UK can make a useful contribution at a global level, and where we feel Britain’s willingness to take action will provide a fair and appropriate test of Britain’s support for the rules-based international order. We have identified five such areas, and you can read about them below.