The UK’s foreign policy post-referendum: One hundred years of solitude?

How will the UK’s role in the world be affected by the outcome of the referendum?


Tristram Hunt, Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent

Radoslaw Sikorski, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland

Chaired by

Mark Leonard, Director, ECFR

Tristram Hunt and Radek Sikorski discussed how the UK's role in the world would be affected by the outcome of the referendum. While Tristram Hunt argued that Britain needs to lead, not leave, the EU, Radoslaw Sikorski argued that Britain should rebuild its credibility in the EU by embracing an area of integration where it has natural advantages and could lead, namely, foreign and defence policy. 

The link to Tristram Hunt's speech is here

Tristram Hunt (@TristramHuntMP) is a British Labour Party politician, historian and broadcaster. He has served as the Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central since the 2010 general election, and was Shadow Education Secretary from 2013 to 2015. Hunt is a lecturer in modern British history at Queen Mary University of London and has written several books on the subject.

Radoslaw Sikorkski (@sikorskiradek) is a Senior Fellow at Harvard’s Center for European Studies and the former Foreign Minister of Poland (2007-2014). He served as Minister of National Defence of Poland (2005-5007).

Mark Leonard (@markhleonard) is Director of the European Council on Foreign Relations. His latest publication for ECFR is ‘One hundred years of British solitude: Magical thinking about Brexit and security’.