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The Defence Implications of Brexit

14 March 2017, 9:00
RUSI Whitehall
This conference explored how the UK and EU can maintain a long-standing defence and security relationship after Brexit.

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RUSI is hosting a joint conference with The UK in a Changing Europe on the defence implications of Brexit. Bringing together a collection of speakers from RUSI, The UK in a Changing Europe, and a range of other think tanks and organisations the conference will look at the future of the UK-EU defence and security relationship.

Up until this point much of the discussions surrounding Brexit have fixated on questions of trade and economics. It is clearly vital for the UK and the EU to negotiate a new trading arrangement that will be in the interests of both parties, and economic strength itself is required for the UK to continue to play an international role. However, there is another aspect to the UK-EU relationship that deserves similar attention: the security and defence sphere.

The UK is Western Europe’s foremost military and intelligence power, and its influence on European security will be remain pivotal via NATO and other forums. The question however is whether its political influence over European security matters will diminish over time. Nonetheless, both sides have much to gain by continuing to work together and they will continue to share many of the same threats and challenges. This conference will explore how the UK and EU can maintain a long-standing defence and security relationship after Brexit, notwithstanding the challenges of the Brexit negotiations and the election of a new US administration.

Speakers will include:

  • Sophia Besch, Centre for European Reform
  • Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General, RUSI
  • Sir Robert Cooper, LSE IDEAS
  • Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, RUSI
  • Professor Beatrice Heuser, University of Reading
  • Rem Korteweg, Centre for European Reform
  • Bruno Maçães, Partner at Flint Global and former Minister of Europe, Government of Portugal (2013-2015)
  • Professor Anand Menon, Director, The UK in a Changing Europe
  • Sir Christopher Meyer KCMG, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI
  • Sir Peter Ricketts GCMG GCVO, Senior Associate Fellow, RUSI
  • Dr Peter Roberts, Director of Military Sciences, RUSI
  • James de Waal, Chatham House
  • Nick Witney, ECFR
  • Professor Richard G. Whitman, Director of the Global Europe Centre, University of Kent

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