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The UK and EU foreign and security policy: an optional extra

Whitman, Richard G. (2016) The UK and EU foreign and security policy: an optional extra. The Political Quarterly, 87 (2). pp. 254-261. ISSN 1467-923X. (doi:10.1111/1467-923X.12249) (KAR id:56873)

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Foreign and security policy were not areas in which Prime Minister Cameron was seeking to renegotiate the relationship between the UK and the European Union (EU) but security may be a key issue in the EU referendum. The untangling of Britain’s foreign and security policy from the EU following a Brexit vote would be relatively uncomplicated. The EU’s arrangements for collective foreign and security policy, the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), are conducted on an intergovernmental basis which allows the UK to preserve independence in its diplomacy whilst allowing for the coordination of policy where interests are held in common with other member states. The UK retains substantial diplomatic and military capabilities which would allow it to continue to pursue a separate national foreign, security and defence policy, in the case of either a ‘Leave’ or ‘Remain’ outcome.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/1467-923X.12249
Uncontrolled keywords: UK foreign policy, European Union, Common Foreign and Security Policy
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: Richard Whitman
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2016 11:53 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2019 10:33 UTC
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