Date(s) - 14/06/2018
12:00 - 15:00
St Mary's Guildhall
How can Britain’s foreign policy act as a force for international peace after Brexit? Michael Portillo will address this question at a lunch in St Mary’s Guildhall on 14 June 2018.
Our future economic prosperity, both as a successful trading nation and as The Midlands Engine, depends on there being peace.
If there’s not peace, the only businesses that can operate profitably are those in the defence and security industry.
Yet in all discussions about Brexit and our ability to negotiate new trade deals around the world, the one issue that we’ve completely ignored is the question of how will Britain help ensure that there is international peace so businesses can trade successfully.
With less than 12 months until the UK is due to leave the EU, it’s now time to ask the unique question, ‘How can Britain’s post-Brexit foreign policy act as a force for international peace?’
Our history, our language and our culture give us the opportunity and the responsibility to make a unique and inspiring contribution to global peace. We must seize both if we are to prosper in the decades ahead.
It’s right too that this question should be asked in Coventry, the UK’s only City of Peace and Reconciliation.
Coventry is a city with a long history of looking outwards and working innovatively with people around the world.
For many centuries, long before RISING became established as an internationally-recognised peace forum and before the city successfully won UK City of Culture 2021 status, Coventry has welcomed strangers and has been prepared to have peaceful dialogue and trade with people from other cultures.
To help us consider this question, we invite you to lunch on 14 June 2018 at the prestigious St Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry to hear the thoughts of British broadcaster and former cabinet member Rt Hon Michael Portillo on the subject. With his European ancestry, his political experience as a former Secretary of State for Defence and, more recently, as a well-travelled broadcaster, Michael is in a unique position to have insight on this subject.
Book your place – OPEN SOON
Tickets are priced at £80 per person or £480 for table of 8 (£60 per person), including a three course lunch.
To book your seats visit https://rising.org/rising-britain/
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