BBCA has been contacted by the Foreign Policy Centre (FPC), a London based think-tank, that is looking at how the UK Government engages (or not) with British citizens living in Brussels. It is also asking Brits in Washington DC. If you would like to contribute your perspective, a link to their survey can be found below.
The FPC project emerged from discussions with long-standing Brussels based colleagues who talked about their limited interaction with UK government representatives in Brussels and parallel conversations with the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) about its approach to soft-power and building on different networks.
The survey is part of FPC’s project entitled Understanding the British Diaspora that aims to help broaden understanding of the British Diaspora in both Washington DC and Brussels, especially on how they interact with the UK Government. The survey seeks to capture a snapshot of respondents’ views about their current engagement with UK Government institutions, what they might want from the Government, and what their issues or concerns might be.
All responses to the survey will be collected anonymously using the Alchemer (formerly SurveyGizmo) secure survey platform and comprises two sections: Background information and your Engagement with the UK Government or British institutions
The majority of questions are tick box based, with some space to add detail if needed. In addition, there is space at the end of the survey to add extra information and views if you wish.
The survey should take only 5-10 mins to complete. You can access the survey here.
Please feel free to share the link to the survey to other Brits in Brussels.
Who are FPC
The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) is a non-partisan international affairs think tank based in the UK. Their mission is to provide an open and accessible space for the ideas, knowledge and experience of experts, academics and activists from across the world, so that their voices can be heard by a global audience of citizens and decision makers in order to find solutions to today’s international challenges.
A recent policy publication of note is ‘Partnerships for the future of UK Foreign Policy’ that sets out the many different ways in which a ‘Global Britain’ can reinvigorate its relationships with allies, alliances and institutions.