Understanding Brexit

July 6, 2016

What does the United Kingdom's historic vote to leave the European Union mean for transatlantic security and the global economy? Ambassador Charles Ries, Vice President, International at the RAND Corporation, Hans Pung, president of RAND Europe, and David Howarth, member of the RAND Europe Council of Advisors, discuss the consequences of Brexit for Britain, Europe, and the United States. Media relations director Jeffrey Hiday moderates the call.

  • People hold banners during a March for Europe demonstration against Britain's decision to leave the European Union, in central London, Britain, July 2, 2016

    Time for a Do-Over on Brexit

    Jul 7, 2016

    As the right of the UK voters to decide on EU membership should be respected, so should their right to change their minds. There is no reason to regard their choice to leave as irreversible.

  • Puzzle with the flags of Great Britain and NATO

    Why Brexit Won't Necessarily Hurt NATO

    Jul 3, 2016

    Concerns that the Brexit vote could weaken NATO are overblown. There will likely be a wide range of fallout that will spread beyond the economic realm, but the European Union is not NATO and it's far too early to expect dramatic outcomes.

  • A British flag flutters in front of a window in London, Britain, June 24, 2016 after Britain voted to leave the European Union in the EU BREXIT referendum.

    Grasping the Brexit Moment for Free Trade

    Jul 1, 2016

    The United Kingdom's surprising vote to exit the EU turned another tricky day into a possible social crisis. But where there is crisis, there is also opportunity, and the vote presents an opening for another step forward of global trade and investment liberalization.

  • Dawn breaks behind the Houses of Parliament and the statue of Winston Churchill in Westminster, London, Britain, June 24, 2016

    The Future of Transatlantic Security

    Jun 28, 2016

    Without the UK, the EU's military and defense capabilities — including in key areas such as strategic lift, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, and special forces — are considerably reduced.