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Britain and the Origins and Future of the European Defence and Security Mechanism


Britain played a key role in Europe's security. The country's imminent withdrawal from the EU now threatens this.

Throughout the second half of the twentieth century, the UK played a key role in the creation and development of a flexible and sustainable mechanism for European defence and security. Beatrice Heuser reviews the history of this engagement, and argues that changes in the UK’s institutional relationship with European partners should not be allowed to undermine the overarching principles of defence cooperation.

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Beatrice Heuser

Senior Associate Fellow

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