Foreign policy

Leaving Spaceship Europe: British space policy after Brexit

After years of building spacepower for Brussels, London seems set to jettison from it and enter the unknown of commercial life in space outside the single market and customs union. Bleddyn Bowen considers the costs of Britain leaving the EU while the latter is asserting itself as an independent and concrete spacepower.

The history of British involvement in the […]

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    The UK has a genuine interest in European security, but Brexit has reopened existential questions also regarding defence

The UK has a genuine interest in European security, but Brexit has reopened existential questions also regarding defence

Recent events in Salisbury have raised questions not only about the UK’s relationship with Russia, but the nature of Britain’s strategic positioning in a post-Brexit European landscape in general. Recent polling points to increased doubts among the British people about the value and fairness of the UK’s military contribution in eastern Europe, despite elite domestic consensus to the contrary. […]

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    Could Britain establish closer relations with China following Brexit?

Could Britain establish closer relations with China following Brexit?

If the UK is to develop closer relationships with non-EU states following Brexit, then China would undoubtedly have to rank as one of the country’s most important potential partners. Andrew Cottey assesses how the EU has sought to engage with China over recent decades, and what opportunities there could be for the UK after it leaves the EU. He argues […]

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    UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

UK influence after Brexit: the Commonwealth should be seen as a network, not as an excuse

Portraying the Commonwealth as a group of trading partners who share similar values and that will bolster the UK’s influence and prosperity after Brexit is at best delusional, writes Fred Carver. He argues that while the Commonwealth can be used as a diplomatic network in certain cases, it should not be used as a catch-all excuse for trade […]

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    Agriculture post-Brexit: a battleground for the UK’s constituent nations

Agriculture post-Brexit: a battleground for the UK’s constituent nations

Agriculture is a devolved matter which is also subject to EU policy-making. Michael Keating (Centre on Constitutional Change) writes that while there is agreement on the need for UK-wide frameworks to govern certain areas of agriculture post-Brexit, there is currently no agreement among the UK’s nations on what form they should take. He argues that funding will likely be […]

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    The UK shouldn’t be complacent about its high anti-corruption ranking: trouble lies ahead with Brexit

The UK shouldn’t be complacent about its high anti-corruption ranking: trouble lies ahead with Brexit

The latest edition of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index was published on 21 February. On the face of it, UK policymakers should be pleased: Britain has risen from 10th to 8th place. Daniel Hough explains why the UK shouldn’t be complacent about its cosy rating.

Fred Astaire, the famous old crooner, once famously claimed “while there’s music and moonlight, and love […]

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    Known Unknowns: How to ensure Europe’s security after Brexit

Known Unknowns: How to ensure Europe’s security after Brexit

Brexit will significantly impact both the EU’s and the UK’s foreign, security, and defence policy.  With the UK´s withdrawal from the Union, Britain’s capabilities will formally cease to be part of the EU. Meanwhile, the UK will no longer have access to EU agencies, structures, and decision-making forums. How the EU deals with these changes and how they affect […]

Was Boris Johnson justified in using John Stuart Mill to make the case for Brexit?

Boris Johnson invoked John Stuart Mill in a recent speech, arguing that Mill’s thinking about the importance of the nation state underpinned the case for Brexit. Corrado Morricone considers whether Mill’s work can indeed be used to support leaving the EU.

In his Brexit speech on 14 February, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made the case for a ‘spiritually British, European and global Britain’ after […]

In aid and development, Britain’s long-accumulated expertise is valuable to the EU

Britain has historically been a leader in development and humanitarian aid, with the EU amplifying the value of its links with the Commonwealth and its global influence. The fall in the value of the pound has already shrunk its budgets. Brexit will sever some of the links British aid experts have spent decades cultivating, writes Sebastian Steingass (University of […]

Watch: Karen Smith on what Brexit means for foreign policy

Karen Smith (LSE) argues that the EU membership has allowed Britain to punch above its weight in international affairs. So what are the three main implications of Brexit for UK foreign policy?

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