As Britain begins its formal separation negotiations with the EU, RUSI speaks to Dr Bruno Maçães, who served as Portugal’s Secretary of State for European Affairs and has since established a reputation as one of Europe’s most original thinkers. Dr Maçães assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the British position in the Brexit negotiations, but also speculates as to what may happen should there...
As a member of the EU, the UK has been a strong leader in the design and implementation of sanctions. Brexit will create complexity for policymakers and the private sector and result in a loss of UK influence and effectiveness.
Indications from the EU that Spain may get a special say over Gibraltar in the final Brexit deal have raised hackles. There has even been talk of a potential ‘war’ between Spain and the UK. All nonsense, but the episode does raise some very important questions for the future of the Brexit negotiations.
As Britain has voted to begin negotiations to relinquish its membership of the European Union, we outline the political and economic frameworks for these testy discussions, as well as the pillars of a future settlement designed to uphold Europe’s security structures.