#geopolitical fridays: Brexit and the “Defense choc”
No matter how you stand on the matter, it is safe to assume that Brexit would have profound ramifications in quite a number of policy areas, both for the UK, and for EU member states. What about in the realm of defense and security? Respective pronouncements on the security implications of a Brexit, from former and active duty politicians, military and intelligence personnel have ranged from outright alarmed to cautiously welcoming.
On 3 June, the Royal
United Services Institute (Rusi) published a measured and thoughtful assessment of Brexit consequences in the area of defense and diplomacy. It pointed out one key thing: Britain would be forced to rethink its diplomatic and military posture in the aftermath of the referendum – After having just gone through a National Security Strategy and Strategic Defence and Security Review in 2015…