Call for evidence

From September to December, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Foreign Affairs is running a major independent consultation about UK Economic Foreign Policy.

We are interested in hearing from all organisations and individuals connected with foreign affairs including: government and arms-length bodies, MPs and peers, stakeholders, businesses, diplomats, academics, voluntary and charity sector organisations, independent consultants and members of the public.        

Written submissions should answer as many as possible of the consultation research questions:

  1. What are the key opportunities, challenges, threats and vulnerabilities facing the UK now?
  2. What steps should the UK take to protect itself from trans-national threats?
  3. Which countries will matter most to the UK over the next 10 years? Why and in what ways? How should we deepen and diversify key relationships?
  4. As a nation with limited resources, on which international issues should the UK focus?
  5. What steps should be taken to maximise our trade and investment and expand commercial opportunities for British business? What do UK businesses need from the UK’s foreign policy in order to create jobs, invest and export?


Submissions will form an evidence base for a report to be published in 2021. The report will be issued to policy makers, journalists, and over 900 relevant stakeholders connected with foreign affairs, economic policy, trade policy and industry.


Consultation details

  • Consultation opens: Mon 21st September 2020.
  • Consultation closes: Wed 16th December 2020 (4pm).
  • Oral evidence sessions will be held in Parliament in November. Applications to speak at evidence sessions should be made via email by 23rd


Submission rules

  • Submissions should be emailed to the APPG secretariat:
  • Submissions should be in Word or Rich Text format (not PDF).
  • Submissions should as far as possible comprise a single document attachment to the email.
  • Submissions should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.
  • Submissions should begin with a short summary in bullet point form.
  • Submissions should state clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether from yourself in a personal capacity or sent on behalf of an organisation.
  • Submissions should include the name(s) of the author(s).
  • Submissions should include biographical details of the author(s).
  • Submissions should as far as possible comprise a single document attachment to the email.
  • Material already published elsewhere should not form the basis of a submission, but may be referred to within a proposed submission.
  • If you do not wish your submission to be published, you must clearly say so.


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