UK's influence on European security policy to decline after Brexit

  • Matěj Novák
  • 3.12.2017 10:31

European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has informed that Britain will largely lose its ability to participate in the decision-making process on issues of European security and defence at the Berlin Security Conference on Friday 29 November. However, Britain still retains its influence through its NATO membership and seat on the UN Security Council.

Specifically, Britain will lose the opportunity to take part in the EU defence ministers meetings and British representatives will also be missing from the Political and Security Committee. Britain will also not be able to command the EU's foreign military missions or combat groups. On the other hand, the EU will lose a member with a nuclear arsenal, although this guarantee will still be present within NATO structures. In spite of British assurances that Brexit's safety implications will generally be minimal, Europol chief Rob Wainwright warned against possible serious consequences in the ability to adequately respond to international terrorism and cybercrime due to the decline of key capabilities Britain has been providing to Europol. Cooperation between intelligence services is also expected to be complicated by Brexit.

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