Brexit and the European Union Global Strategy: What Impact on Armaments Cooperation in the EU Defence Field?

Antonio Calcara

After the publication of the European Union Global Strategy and the parallel UK referendum on EU, defence cooperation returned on the political agenda of EU member states. Even in the UK domestic context, while defence procurement has not been one the key political factors of the Brexit referendum, security and defence issues have gained - at least in the defence policy community- some forms of reflections.However - while academic literature has devoted significant attention to the impact of EU defence on UK defence stance at the domestic level, few analyses have focused on the evolution of UK defence policy in the context of the European institutional framework, and in particular on the defence collaborative activities promoted in the communitarian context. This paper aims to fill this gap in the literature with a specific focus on the European Defence Agency (EDA), considered as a crucial institutional asset in the new European Union Global Strategy.This study is aimed to answer to the following questions: What is the relationship between UK and the EDA? What is the role of UK in the EDA? How could Brexit and the European Union Global Strategy impact on the legitimacy of EDA and on the European armaments collaboration activities?

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