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French President Francois Hollande with British Prime Minister Theresa May, Paris, July 21, 2016 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).

Brexit Rattles Nerves, but Will It Derail U.K.-France Defense Cooperation?

Friday, Feb. 3, 2017

The ongoing uncertainty over Brexit has raised many questions in Europe, starting with when negotiations between the European Union and the U.K. will even begin. But beyond the specifics of the negotiations, there is uncertainty over what Brexit will mean for European defense policy, a topic that has become all the more important now that U.S. President Donald Trump, who has questioned the United States’ commitment to NATO, is in office.

In the wake of Brexit, officials in Brussels have called for stronger defense integration across the bloc, floated renewed plans for a permanent EU military headquarters, and proposed more than $5 billion for defense funding and research. While many agree that stronger cooperation in defense is long overdue for the EU, the fear of the U.K. leaving the bloc has prompted several states to push for accelerated defense integration. ...

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