In December 2019, the British people re-elected the Conservative Party on its promise to deliver Brexit on a vision of a “Global Britain.” The Queen’s speech that followed announced the resetting of the UK’s foreign policy through an Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development, and Foreign Policy (Integrated Review for short). Touted by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “the most radical reassessment of the U.K.’s place in the world since the end of the Cold War,” this all-inclusive, one-stop “national security strategy” aimed to cover the entire spectrum of international policy, from defence to diplomacy and development. It was to be released in spring 2020 but was delayed because of the COVID outbreak and is now expected to be published in the coming weeks.
Delivering “Global Britain”—A Naval Perspective
By Commander René Balletta, Royal Navy