high representative for foreign affairs and security policy for the EU (2009-2014)
The Brexit and beyond
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Baroness Ashton of Upholland is a Labour Life Peer in the House of Lords, and former High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union (2009-2014).
Baroness Ashton’s EU career began in the House of Lords, when she was instrumental in pushing the Treaty of Lisbon through the UK Parliament in 2008. She was subsequently made British European Commissioner as well as the European Commission’s Commissioner for Trade. In this role she secured a trade-deal with South Korea and mediated several trade disputes between major trading partners.
In 2009, Ashton became the EU’s first High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. A skilled negotiator, she played a key role in bringing Serbia and Kosovo together to normalise ties, and her work with Iran led to the Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian Nuclear Project.
Baroness Ashton’s work solidified the EU’s economic relationship with many African, Caribbean and Pacific countries by promoting trade as a tool of international development. Baroness Ashton also represented the EU in the Doha round of world trade talks.
BARONESS ASHTON'S TALKS
With Brexit, a re-assertive Russia and cooling relations between Trump’s White House and Europe, there is a great deal of uncertainty over the EU and Britain’s place in the world. Baroness Ashton’s experience at the front line of international politics gives her a highly valuable perspective on the se critical issues.