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The future of Anglo-French defence cooperation post-Brexit

anglo-frenchThe aim of this project is to examine the prospects for continued cooperation between France and Britain in the areas of defence and security, in light of the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

The project will be conducted as a partnership between the Institut Montaigne in Paris and King’s College London. It will be led by Professor Dominique Moïsi, of the Institut Montaigne, and Nick Butler, Visiting Professor at King’s, each working with their own institutions to provide research and analysis support.

Together, both institutions will establish a taskforce of British and French experts, which will be led by Lord Robertson, former Secretary-General of NATO, on the British side and Bernard Cazeneuve, former Prime Minister of France, on the French side.

The research will have three key areas of focus:

  • The experience of the last six years. What have we learnt? What has worked well, or less well? 
  • Bringing the defence industry in. Is there scope to extend cooperation through the defence industrial sector? What practical steps would be required for this? What are the financial pressures on both sides? Do these make cooperation more necessary, or more difficult?
  • Cooperation in post-Brexit Europe. What are the implications for bilateral agreements such as this for the renewed interest in new defence and security cooperation at the European level? What role might Britain continue to play in EU security and defence? 

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