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UK is now the second largest global power, claims think tank as it rejects the ‘doom and gloom’ around Brexit

Henry Jackson Society think tank says UK is a ‘leading global power nation’

Its Audit of Geopolitical Capacity puts the country before Germany and France

The report finds the US and UK command ‘astonishing lead’ in global influence

By JACK DOYLE EXECUTIVE POLITICAL EDITOR FOR THE DAILY MAIL

12 September 2017

Britain is the most influential power in Europe and second only to the US around the world, a think tank concludes today.

The Henry Jackson Society rejects the ‘doom and gloom’ around Brexit and finds that the UK remains a ‘leading global power nation’.

Its report, an ‘Audit of Geopolitical Capacity’ puts the UK ahead of EU nations such as Germany and France.

But it also concludes that globally, it is more influential than economic powerhouses like China and India.

The authors evaluated Britain’s standing against seven measures. They were economics, technological prowess, military strength, cultural ‘prestige’, diplomatic ‘leverage’ and demographics.

It put the US top globally but Britain came in second place. France came third, China fourth, Germany fifth, India sixth, Japan seventh and Russia eighth.

Critics of Brexit argue that leaving the EU will undermine Britain’s influence in the world.

But Alan Mendoza, executive director of the Henry Jackson Society, said: ‘For all the doom and gloom surrounding the implications of Brexit, the reality shines through that the UK remains a leading global power nation, with immense soft and hard power capabilities.

‘The lesson of this report is clear: our future is what we choose to make of it.’

The report’s author, James Rogers, added: ‘After Brexit, some are worried that the UK is about to begin a period of economic and geopolitical decline.

‘But what this audit makes clear is that far from beginning the Brexit process from a position of weakness, the UK is in a remarkably strong position.

‘When you analyse data regarding British military strength, technological prowess and cultural prestige, the UK is second only to the United States in its capabilities. Even in relation to economic or diplomatic capacity, it is consistently in the top five countries’.

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