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Defence and security after Brexit

A snapshot of international perspectives on the implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU

Published Mar 5, 2017

by Jeremy Ghez, Magdalena Kirchner, Michael Shurkin, Anna Knack, Alexandra Hall, James Black

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This RAND Perspective provides a brief exploration of selected international perspectives on the possible defence and security implications of Brexit. Produced in the wake of the June 2016 referendum vote that the United Kingdom should cease its membership of the European Union, this Perspective is part of a wider RAND Europe study seeking to identify those policy areas, strategic concerns or military capabilities that might be most affected by Brexit and to explore the spectrum of possible outcomes in each area. The aim, both of this Perspective and the wider study, is to help policymakers both inside and outside the UK to understand the key questions provoked by Brexit, and thus to inform how defence and security actors begin to plan for, mitigate and address these uncertainties as the UK begins negotiations to leave the European Union.

Funding for this research and analysis was provided by the independent research and development provisions of RAND's contracts for the operation of its U.S. Department of Defense federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs). The study was conducted by the Defence, Security and Infrastructure programme at RAND Europe with the International Security and Defense Policy Center within the RAND National Defense Research Institute.

This commentary is part of the RAND expert insight series. RAND Expert Insights present perspectives on timely policy issues. All RAND Expert Insights undergo peer review to ensure high standards for quality and objectivity.

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