A successful Brexit: three foreign and security policy tests

5 March 2018

Foreign and security policies have, with some sporadic exceptions, been largely absent from the debate on Brexit since the referendum of 2016. Attention, perhaps understandably, has focused largely on the intricacies of the economic relationship between the UK and the EU. Yet Brexit will impact on Britain’s role in the world. What follows is not an attempt to predict what will transpire, but, rather, to provide a framework with which to assess the impact of what does.

The following analysis does not preclude the possibility that some of these objectives could have been achieved within the EU, but merely considers in the light of the UK’s exit what the main objectives should now be.

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The views expressed in this research paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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