Questions About the U.K.’s Global Role Will Linger Until EU Referendum

European Council President Donald Tusk welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron at the EU Council building in Brussels, Sept. 24, 2015 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).
European Council President Donald Tusk welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron at the EU Council building in Brussels, Sept. 24, 2015 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).

British Prime Minister David Cameron has been on an offensive since the Paris attacks in November to counter any perception that the United Kingdom is shrinking in its international ambitions. Central to his position is an unambiguous commitment to maintain a U.K. defense budget of 2 percent of GDP and direct new spending to counter the threat of the self-proclaimed Islamic State. However, uncertainty over the U.K.’s relations with the European Union, with a British vote on whether or not to stay in the union expected this June, could derail his campaign. Cameron committed an additional 12 billion pounds (about […]

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