Naomi Smith

CEO of Best for Britain

Is it possible to be a patriotic internationalist?

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In this episode of The Internationalist, host Julio Bruno sits down with Naomi Smith, CEO of Best for Britain – the leading nonpartisan advocacy organisation committed to upholding internationalism in the UK. 

In this in-depth conversation, Naomi shares the inspiration behind the name ‘Best for Britain’, explaining that it is possible to be a patriotic internationalist, even though people who advocate nationalism and self-interest have appropriated patriotism. She describes how ‘Best for Britain’ was formed as a civil society campaign with a mission to stop Brexit by any democratic means, whether that was through a general election or a second referendum. Naomi touches upon how the campaign has since transitioned into a permanent organisation that advocates for internationalist values, open society and the benefits of free movement. Looking back on her childhood in Northern Ireland, she reveals how she became interested in giving power to marginalised and underrepresented groups to help redress the balance.

Naomi shares her advice on running successful campaigns and criticises the ‘Remain’ campaign during the Brexit referendum, which focused on logic and statistics, comparing this to the successful ‘Leave’ campaign.

Created & produced by: Podcast Partners
Published: Jul 14, 2022

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