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Italy & United Kingdom

Relations between Italy and the United Kingdom have deep historical roots. Today, they are based on a vast network of collaborations between public institutions; civil society; economic actors; and academic, cultural and scientific bodies.

The varied and profitable context of bilateral relations is enriched by the active presence of dynamic communities of Italians residing in the United Kingdom and British citizens in Italy.

The Embassy in London and the Italian consular network in the United Kingdom work to constantly strengthen the ties of friendship and collaboration between the two countries.

Political relations

Italy and the UK have solid political relations based on a long tradition of friendship and international alliances.

The bilateral relationship is based on shared values, such as the defence of democracy, the protection and promotion of human rights, the maintenance of international peace and security, the free flow of trade, and economic collaboration. These values underpi the actions of both countries in the most important multilateral organisations of which they are members, such as the UN and NATO.

Regular contact and shared views are reflected in converging foreign policies on all the most important portfolios: promotion of democracy; European and transatlantic security; stability in the Mediterranean, the Middle East and sub-saharan Africa; the fight against climate change, and policies supporting the ecological transition and sustainable development.

Relations in the defence and security sector are similarly close and collaborative.