Mapping a Pandemic: Britain and Europe After The Pandemic

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An online briefing from experts of the Royal United Services Institute on the impact of Covid-19 on the UK and Europe.

Mapping the Pandemic Series

For many opponents of Britain’s membership in the European Union, the chief argument in favour of Brexit was the EU’s alleged determination to transform itself into a “superstate”. But as the current coronavirus pandemic reveals, the EU’s 27 member-states still have a great deal to do to improve their internal cohesion.

Meanwhile, with governments distracted by battling the coronavirus, many analysts have assumed that Britain and the European Union will be forced to extend their year-end deadline for reaching a post-Brexit trade deal. However, the British government is determined to avoid such an extension, despite the painfully slow progress in the talks.

What would be Britain’s future relationship with the continent look like when the pandemic is over? In what areas of defence and broader security policies would Europe and Britain still be able to coordinate their activities? And what is the role of business in shaping Britain’s future ties with Europe? These are some of the questions which our panel of distinguished contributors addressed.


  • Rt. Hon Sir David Lidington, KCB, CBE, Chairman Elect, RUSI
  • Jan Hall OBE, Founding Partner of NO4
  • The Lord Ricketts GCMG GCVO, Former National Security Adviser; Trustee, RUSI


The webinar was moderated by Dr Jonathan Eyal, International Director, RUSI.

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