Britain is the second most powerful country in the world second only to the US, according to think tank.
The Henry Jackson Society’s executive director Dr Alan Mendoza said the findings debunked a widespread “narrative of decline” in which Donald Trump’s victory and the Brexit vote are presented as signs of both countries losing their global power.
Dr Mendoza 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.”
It looked at 35 indicators including diplomatic leverage and military strength.
Diplomatic leverage was measured by adding up the number of embassies operated by a given country and by analysing the strength of its security partnerships with international organisations, such as the UN Security Council.
“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.”
The United States scored 100/100 due to the country’s “vast and overwhelming resources and capabilities, with the means to extend them pervasively in all regions of the world.”
The other countries were calculated compared to the United States.
The Henry Jackson Society classifies the UK as a “global power… with substantial resources and capabilities, with the means to extend them in many regions of the world” and gave the country a geopolitical score of 40.85 out of 100.”
France came in third place with a score of 33.90 and China fourth with 33.84.