Defence and security after Brexit
Mar 5, 2017
This RAND study examines the potential defence and security implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU. Specifically, it seeks to identify those policy areas, strategic concerns or military capabilities that might be most affected, as well as the spectrum of possible outcomes. The goal is to help policymakers to understand the key questions provoked by Brexit, and thus how they begin to plan for, mitigate and address these uncertainties.
Understanding the possible implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU — Overview report
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This RAND study examines the potential defence and security implications of the United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union ('Brexit'). Specifically, it seeks to identify those policy areas, strategic concerns or military capabilities that might be most affected, as well as to explore and define the spectrum of possible outcomes in each area. The goal 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.
This RAND study comprises three publications:
Defence spending, research and industry
The UK's conventional defence capabilities and multinational defence commitments (EU CSDP and NATO)
Scotland and the UK nuclear deterrent
Migration, border security and overseas territories
Counterterrorism, organised crime, cyber and resilience
Emerging themes and reflections
Future directions for policymakers and researchers
References and sources
Funding for this study was provided, in part, by donors and by the independent research and development provisions of RAND's contracts for the operation of its US Department of Defense federally funded research and development centers. The study was conducted through the Defence, Security and Infrastructure programme at RAND Europe as well as through the International Security and Defense Policy Center, which is part of the RAND National Defense Research Institute.
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