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The UK and EU Foreign and Security Policy: An Optional Extra

The UK and EU Foreign and Security Policy: An Optional Extra 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 while 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Political Quarterly Wiley

The UK and EU Foreign and Security Policy: An Optional Extra

The Political Quarterly , Volume 87 (2) – Apr 1, 2016

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Wiley
Copyright
Copyright © 2016 The Political Quarterly Publishing Co. Ltd
ISSN
0032-3179
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1467-923X
DOI
10.1111/1467-923X.12249
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Abstract

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 while 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.

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The Political QuarterlyWiley

Published: Apr 1, 2016

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