Safer together: The United Kingdom and the future of European security and defence

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Safer together: The United Kingdom and the future of European security and defence

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British and European Union negotiators have only a few months left to prevent a meltdown in European security when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in March 2019.

In this context, Friends of Europe is launching a study on the role of the United Kingdom and the future of European security and defence.

Written by Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe, POLITICO columnist and for many years Reuters EU Affairs and Diplomatic Editor, the study highlights the risks of a breakdown in practical cooperation on crime-fighting and counter-terrorism on the day after Brexit, and of serious longer-term damage to British and European defence industries. It offers a series of proposals to limit the impact for both British and European security.

The study follows two impactful reports released in 2017 on the roles of France and Germany in European security and defence cooperation.

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Networking lunch & registration
Roundtable briefing
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Safer together: The United Kingdom and the future of European security and defence

Britain faces a unique challenge to preserve its national security and global interests after it withdraws from the European Union next year. European security as a whole could be weakened unless the divorce is handled with great care on both sides.

The study “Safer together: The United Kingdom and the future of European security and defence draws on extensive interviews with senior NATO and EU officials, politicians and security experts across Europe, as well as a specially commissioned survey.

In the report, international relations and EU policy veteran Paul Taylor, Senior Fellow at Friends of Europe, examines the UK’s strategic position after Brexit, its web of defence and security relationships, the political context, the role and current state of the armed forces and security services, as well as the place of its defence industries. Paul Taylor sets out the stark policy choices British and EU leaders will have to make to optimise Britain’s defence and security role in Europe to mutual advantage despite the rupture of Brexit.

Introductory remarks

Paul Johnston

UK Representative to the EU’s Political and Security Committee

Jamie Shea

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defense at Friends of Europe, and former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Paul Taylor

Senior Fellow for Peace, Security and Defence, Friends of Europe; author or “After the Ice”, “Crossing the Wilderness”, and “Murky Waters”

Moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

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