Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Articles written by FCO staff about the department and projects it is involved in.

Brexit – rising to the challenge

Nighttime satellite photo of Western Europe showing illuminated flight paths from and into the UK

Sir Jeremy Heywood, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service, writes about the Civil Service’s response to the outcome of the EU referendum; how it is drawing on its core values, adapting old ways of working and developing new ones at speed to meet the unprecedented demands of Brexit.

A healthy dose of diplomacy

When Sarasa Poduval was seconded to China, she became the first Department of Health civil servant ever to be seconded outside Europe. She is now Second Secretary, Health and Social Care in the British Embassy Beijing. She writes about what her adventure has taught her about China, the NHS and the importance of keeping your links back home.