Many people are concerned about Britain’s diminishing influence in world affairs. How justified are their concerns? If valid, what can and should be done to reverse the trend? How can Britain’s role develop in the future?
From Britain’s vast empire and colonial governorships dating back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Britain is now a much smaller player in world affairs. Despite this, Britain still retains its powerful position as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
Whilst it is true that its influence has been in decline spanning several decades, there are many positives:
Britain’s educational system is among the best in the world. It is home to three of the world’s top ten universities, Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College London.
Britain’s media industry plays a leading role in the world as represented by the BBC and other broadcasters.
Britain has a highly skilled and trained navy which is one of the strongest in the world. It has a strong fleet of aircraft carriers and direct access to the sea lanes of the world.
Whilst overshadowed to some extent by the USA, it is ahead of many countries in technical and engineering development.
It has advanced pharmaceutical and life sciences know-how and skills.
Its automotive manufacturing industry is among the most advanced in the world.
In summary, Britain remains a leading second tier power in world-wide economic, political and military terms. In future, should Britain attempt to play a separate role in the world, a role apart from Europe, a role based on its ‘special relationship’ with the USA?
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