RUSI JournalVolume 158Issue 4members only

No One Left Behind: European Defence and Brexit


Far from proving a boon to a stronger European military capability, a British exit from the EU would undermine defence collaboration

One of Poland’s primary aims during its presidency of the EU in 2011 was to generate greater momentum towards reform of the CSDP – an objective it continues to seek as national defence budgets are cut across Europe. Marcin Terlikowski argues that instead of removing the main obstacle to greater defence collaboration in Europe – widely perceived to be British intransigence – a ‘Brexit’ would weaken efforts in this regard.

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