Three’s company? France, Germany, the UK and European defence post-Brexit

Author
Daniel Keohane
Content Type
Commentary and Analysis
Institution
Elcano Royal Institute
Abstract
It is vital that France, Germany and the UK cooperate constructively on military matters after the British leave the EU. Supporters of EU defence policy have seized on the Brexit decision of the British people as an opportunity to strengthen that policy. In the past the UK had blocked some proposals, which France, Germany and others now wish to implement. But a more energised EU defence on paper will not quickly transform into a stronger policy in practice. More important for the security of Europeans is that France, Germany and the UK ensure that they cooperate constructively on military matters after the British leave the EU.
Topic
International Security, International Affairs
Political Geography
European Union