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Is Whitehall keeping up with a fast changing world?

06 September 2018

The International Relations Committee takes evidence on the UK's foreign policy priorities, how the Government pursues its international objectives, and foreign policy co-ordination within Whitehall.

Witnesses

Wednesday 5 September in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 10.40am

  • Sir Martin Donnelly KCB CMG, Permanent Secretary for the Department for International Trade (2016-2017)
  • Sir Simon Fraser GCMG, Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service (2010-2015)

At 11:40 am

  • Ms Bronwen Maddox, Director, Institute for Government
  • Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House

Possible questions

  • To what extent has the information revolution, particularly the proliferation of digital technologies, affected the UK's foreign policy?
  • What should be the UK's key foreign policy priorities after Brexit?
  • How effectively do internationally-focused government departments and agencies cooperate with each other?
  • How should the UK structure its foreign policy relationship with key allies in Europe – and the EU broadly – after the leaving the EU?
  • To what extent has the UK Government articulated a clear foreign policy narrative to the public? What could the Government do to better communicate the UK’s foreign policy goals and priorities?

Further information

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