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The Saint-Malo Declaration was designed to bolster the EU’s ability to conduct autonomous military operations. In this article, Peter Ricketts reflects on his involvement in drafting the declaration and other closely related instruments. He explains the challenges negotiators faced in reconciling the interests of NATO and EU states. Following Brexit, the UK will need to rely on the provisions made during this period for non-EU states to participate in EU operations – the same provisions London helped to create.
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