An Analysis On Britain’s Defense And Security Options After Brexit

Steve Maguire, RCD: Great Britain’s Options After Departing the European Union

National Security Situation: Great Britain will leave the European Union in March 2019 ending decades of political and economic integration. This has left Britain at a strategic crossroads and the country must decide how and where to commit its military and security prowess to best achieve national objectives.

Background: Britain is a nuclear power, a major North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) ally, head of a Commonwealth of Nations, and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council with a strong history of global engagement. Much of this prestige has been tied into Britain’s membership of the European Union and the defence of Europe is currently seen as a critical national security interest. In September 2017 Prime Minister Theresa May re-iterated that Britain remained ‘unconditionally committed’ to the defence of the continent. From a traditional view-point this makes sense; the European Union is Britain’s largest export market and Britain has grown international influence through membership.

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WNU Editor: I expect Britain to maintain its political and economic ties to the EU, albeit in a slightly different form. As for its defense and security needs. It’s involvement in NATO has not changed, so I expect minimal (if any impact) from there.

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