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European Security and Defence in the Shadow of Brexit

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)465-469
Number of pages5
JournalGlobal Affairs
Early online date24 Jan 2017
Accepted/In press4 Jan 2017
E-pub ahead of print24 Jan 2017


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The British referendum on EU membership on 23 June 2016 has marked a watershed in European affairs. The purpose of this forum is to examine the implications of the outcome of the referendum in one of the areas where the UK is one of the most decisive players on the European stage: security and defence policy. Without recourse to the kinds of hyperbole and speculation that has prevailed in some parts of the media and wider commentary on Brexit, the forum sets Brexit within a wider context, one that establishes pre-existing trends and dynamics in European security and defence affairs. So, each forum author is able to offer judgements and observations grounded in deep understanding of pre-Brexit developments in their respective area of expertise. They look specifically at the two major security and defence actors in the EU, namely France and Germany, and their cooperation in the area of defence procurement. Moreover, they examine Brexit from the perspective of Europe’s main partners (and rivals) in the wider world, in particular Russia and the United States in the context of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization

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