Brexit’s Geopolitical Aftershocks Will Be Felt From China to Russia

An advertisement urging U.K.-based start-ups to move to Berlin, London, July 5, 2016 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).
An advertisement urging U.K.-based start-ups to move to Berlin, London, July 5, 2016 (AP photo by Matt Dunham).

The result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership in the European Union was a shock, even to leaders of the “leave” campaign, exposing a lack of planning for the new British relationship with Europe. Amid the turbulence of Brexit, less attention has been paid to its geopolitical effects. But on the key issues of Russia, Syria, China and trade, Brexit will have direct and significant impacts. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s purported desire for Britain to leave the EU was a debating point during the referendum campaign. While Putin’s public statements on the outcome suggest mild approval, private sources […]

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