Britain against the world? foreign and security policy in the 'age of Brexit'

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Hadfield, A. 2018. Britain against the world? foreign and security policy in the 'age of Brexit'. in: Martill, B. and Staiger, U. (ed.) Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe London UCL Press. pp. 174-183
AuthorsHadfield, A.
EditorsMartill, B. and Staiger, U.
Abstract

Few events demand a wholesale reset of key policies. But Brexit is one of them. The foreign policy challenges arising for both Britain and its European partners are considerable.

This submission looks first at the ambiguous overlap of internal and external dynamics constituting contemporary foreign policy, to explore just how much of these time-honoured structures of foreign policy will indeed have to change with Brexit. Three possible formats of British engagement with European foreign policy making structures are then suggested, ranging from the maintenance of an integrated position, to a case-specific ‘associate’ status, to total removal from the terrain of EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. Any of these options suggest both positive and negative options for the UK. These are briefly considered in the conclusion, from ongoing participation that could boost the EU’s Common and Security Defence Policy and its development policy to recalibrations that could destabilise the European Neighbourhood Policy or undermine the emergent EU Global Strategy.

The times, as we’re reminded by Nobel laureate Bob Dylan, they are indeed a-changin’.

KeywordsBrexit; Europe; European integration; politics
Page range174-183
Year2018
Book titleBrexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe
PublisherUCL Press
Output statusPublished
Place of publicationLondon
ISBN9781787352759
Publication dates
Online29 Jan 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited31 Jan 2018
Official URLhttp://www.ucl.ac.uk/ucl-press/browse-books/brexit-and-beyond
References

Brexit, Hadfield, UK foreign policy, EU foreign policy, CFSP, CSDP, AFSJ, UK-France bilaterals

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