UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said that a “Global Britain” means an outward-looking foreign policy which “is in the interests both of Britain and the world”.
UNA-UK agrees, and we want to help the UK flesh out its vision. This scorecard sets out key policy objectives we believe are central to a “Global Britain” and asks: are we making progress?
Assessments have been made using the words of UN officials, cross-party committees of MPs and the UK's own voting and participation record as part of UN processes.
Taken as a whole, we believe the scorecard represents a reasonable bellwether for the extent to which Britain is playing a positive role on the world stage. By updating the results periodically, we hope to be able to track the UK’s progress towards a “Global Britain”.
Purpose and methodology
Against the current challenges of rising global tensions and faltering global leadership, the UK must take positive action to sustain the international system from which we all benefit.
For this reason, the policy areas monitored by the scorecard all present clear opportunities for UK action to contribute to the health of the international system.
Our methodology follows the UK’s own analysis that Britain’s security and prosperity is underpinned by a strong, rules-based international system with the United Nations at its heart. It uses a traffic light system to score the UK’s performance on these issues as “green”, “amber” or “red”.
Our policy report Keeping Britain Global makes the case for a joined-up approach to UK foreign policy.
Impact on the rules-based international system
While acknowledging that the real picture is far more complex, we feel that a simple traffic lights scoring system gives a useful assessment of the UK’s direction of travel. An impartial source and more detailed analysis accompanies each score.
The UK’s actions are helping to strengthen the rules-based international system and serve as a positive example to other states.
The UK’s record is mixed; on some fronts the UK’s conduct reinforces the rules-based international system, on others, it isn’t.
The UK’s actions are undermining the rules-based international system - we recommend a course correction.
The score for each of the issues below has been determined using an impartial source that meets at least one of the following thresholds:
- A cross-party group of MPs
- A senior UN official or an official UN report
- UK attendance/voting in fora such as the UN
Period being monitored
The scorecard reflects an assessment of current UK Government policy and will be updated annually, or when significant changes to policy occur.
- Mini scorecard for social media
- 1 page scorecard with headline rationale
- Full scorecard with sources and analysis
- Read UNA-UK's Keeping Britain Global report