The depreciation of the pound against the dollar in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union raises major doubts about the affordability of the country’s current defence equipment plans.
Gibraltar’s voters opted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, by an astounding majority of 95% of the ballots cast, in a turnout of 83% of the electorate. Now the territory faces a dilemma, as the rest of Britain went in a different direction.
Although British foreign policy is likely to encounter a variety of hardships after the withdrawal from the EU, some of the options still offer interesting opportunities which should not diminish the country’s international standing and contribution.
The Brexit vote has created an urgent need for the United Kingdom to redefine its global identity if it is to remain a leading player in international affairs. Re- assessing relationships with Asia and Africa might be a good place to start.
Britain’s decision to leave the EU could have a significant impact on the Union’s ability to help nations on its Eastern borders implement political and economic reform, or to respond to Russia’s determined efforts to expand its sphere of influence.
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.