|Author (Person)||Cazeneuve, Bernard, Robertson, George|
|Publisher||King's College London: Policy Institute / Institut Montaigne|
|Publication Date||November 2018|
The Policy Institute of King's College London worked with French think tank Institut Montaigne to assess the health of the UK-France defence and security relationship and made recommendations for how to improve cooperation between the two countries published in November 2018 in the report The UK-France defence and security relationship: How to improve cooperation.
To do so, the two organisations established a taskforce comprised of 20 top-level French and British defence and security experts and conducted interviews with current and former British and French officials from the Ministry of Defence, the Home Office, the Foreign Office, diplomatic missions, Parliament, intelligence services and business leaders.
The taskforce concluded that while UK-France cooperation on defence and security had never been so valuable, it had also never been so fragile. It made the following recommendations:
1. Tackle the security challenges raised by Brexit
+ Ensure that Brexit does not endanger security cooperation between the UK and the EU27.
2. Ensure the full implementation of the Lancaster House Treaties
+ Reinforce strategic dialogue and mutual knowledge through the creation of an annual UK-France Defence and Security Council and a more regular '2+2' dialogue.
3. Prepare for the future
+ Build Future Combat Air System capacity.
|Subject Categories||Security and Defence|
|Countries / Regions||France, United Kingdom|