Bridging the Channel: How Europe and the UK Can Work Together in Foreign Policy

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Publication Date June 2021
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EU member-states and the UK are both adjusting to the post-Brexit state of affairs. With no EU-UK agreement on foreign policy in the Trade and Co-operation Agreement, they recognise that co-operation will have to take place in other formats. These will range from bilateral interactions, to small groups like the E3 and the Quad, ad-hoc informal groups and existing institutions like NATO. Working together would be easier with an EU-UK foreign policy agreement, although the lack of a formal agreement does not in itself preclude substantial direct consultations between the EU and the UK, or even US-EU-UK ‘trilateral’ co-operation. Much will depend on the state of broader relations between the UK and the EU.

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CER Bulletin: No 136, Feb./Mar. 2021: Foreign Policy Co-operation : Brexit’s Missing Link
Foreign Policy Centre: 2020: Finding Britain’s role in a changing world: Partnerships for the future of UK Foreign Policy
CER Policy Brief : Nov. 2020: Post-Brexit Foreign, Security and Defence Co-operation: We Don’t Want to Talk About It

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