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FCO has suffered major budget cuts in recent years and has a “legitimate claim” to additional resources, added Ian Mitchell, senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development in Europe — but taking over DFID is not the way to do it.
“There seems to be a false premise that, if DFID is overseen by the FCO, this will somehow mean more resources for the FCO. That isn’t the case and would likely just undermine the U.K.’s international reputation and effectiveness,” he told Devex.