What Brexit Means for Diplomatic Missions in the UK
In the wake of the United Kingdom’s historic decision to leave the European Union, Grassroot Diplomat is calling all foreign embassies in Great Britain to work peacefully, diplomatically, and efficiently in reestablishing themselves in this nation during a time of tumultuous change.
POINTS OF CONSIDERATION
1. Close Votes with Scotland and London strongest for Remain
The June 23rd referendum has created a divided tense country as 52% voted “Leave”, just scraping a victory. Polls have proven to be especially divisive among generational lines with a majority of young voters choosing to “Remain”. The results have also shown to be divisive regionally, with England and Wales voting to “Leave” against Scotland’s and Northern Ireland’s votes to “Remain”. Following this, there is a high likelihood of a second independence referendum in Scotland, and the Scottish government has already begun preparing legislation for such an event.
2. Process of Article 50
The decision to leave has already had some immediate effects in the UK, with the pound dropping to its lowest level against the dollar since 1985. Prime Minister David Cameron has announced his decision to resign, saying he will step down by October. It will be up to the next Prime Minister to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty for the exit. EU law will abide until UK membership is officially ceased, a process which could take two years at minimum, but Great Britain would no longer be involved in the EU decision making process. The European Parliament is to hold an emergency session on Tuesday and the fate of EU nationals in the UK is uncertain until the British government decides how it wishes to move forward with its immigration policy.
3. Human Cost of Brexit
It is important that governments and embassies consider the interests, opinions and concerns of civil society. Civil society groups are one of the most important stakeholders in global society and ignoring their demands could prove extremely detrimental to peace and stability.
Grassroot Diplomat urges embassies to reach out and connect with their diaspora communities across the UK to discover their voice in this matter, and to actively and accurately represent their people on the diplomatic stage during the following process of tense and uncertain changes. If your embassy does not have the steps, resources or connections in place to make this action a reality, Grassroot Diplomat can be of assistance.
CALL TO ACTION FOR EU EMBASSIES
Grassroot Diplomat’s Public Diplomacy consultancy builds sustainable relationships between embassies and civil society. Grassroot Diplomat understands the conflicting priorities that governments face when attempting to meet political and national interests. However, when governments fail to engage and meet the people’s interest on the ground level, the results can be highly damaging.
By refocusing projects and policies back to the people’s interests, governments are more likely to stay in power, stave off civil unrest, and improve government reputation on an international level. Grassroot Diplomat works with embassies all over the world to:
- improve the working relationship between diplomatic missions and civil society groups
- build strong community support that backs the government
- establish relationships with companies for foreign direct investment
- foresee potential cause for civil unrest
- plan effective strategies for both short and long-term projects
- implement projects that benefit civil society
- liaise smartly with various organisations
- utilises resources without overstretching budgets
During these tumultuous changes, it is important to let the voices of the people be heard and to create and maintain a strong connection to civil society when their fates and futures are uncertain.
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