Authors: James K. Wither - MC Series: Security Insights, Number 18 - Published: May 2017

sipaper19The Brexit vote in June 2016 surprised political establishments in the United Kingdom (UK) and the rest of the European Union (EU) and was a severe blow to Western cohesion in the face of growing common political challenges.

As Britain and the EU begin difficult negotiations to determine their future relationship, defense and security will be one of the key topics for discussion. This article outlines the defense and security context for Brexit and analyzes claims made by the British government that there will continuity in defense and security policy post Brexit.

Specific topics for examination include the UK's defense relationship with the EU, counterterrorism intelligence and security terrorism cooperation, UK defense funding challenges and the impact of possible Scottish independence arising from the Brexit process.

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