The UK’s Unique Role in Achieving European Security Independence

Hurtado, Nicholas (2024) The UK’s Unique Role in Achieving European Security Independence. Birmingham City University, Centre for Brexit Studies Blog.

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Significant doubts have been increasingly raised by senior policymakers and military leaders across Europe concerning the continent’s military preparedness should a much larger war erupt in the relatively near future, specifically with Russia. The invasion of Ukraine pushed Sweden and Finland into the arms of NATO, putting an end to the idea that large-scale peace was to be the default for Europe for the entirety of the 21st century. Like the above-mentioned cases of two EU countries discarding decades of neutrality in favour of joining this military alliance, Russian aggression has pushed the post-Brexit UK and EU more closely together than they otherwise would have been. Political actors on both sides of the Channel have acknowledged the UK still has a valuable role to play in ensuring the security of the continent. The post-Brexit UK occupies a unique role in its relationship with allies in North America and Europe, and has the potential to help realize European security independence that both complements and is distinct from, the US-led NATO alliance to meet a variety of potential threats and, quite possibly distinct European priorities, in the coming years.

Item Type: Other
31 January 2024Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Centre for Brexit Studies, CBS, Brexit, BCU, EU, European Union, UK, Birmingham City University, UK Government, UK politics
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
Divisions: Research, Innovation, Enterprise > Centre for Brexit Studies
Depositing User: Gemma Tonks
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2024 15:09
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2024 15:09

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