European Security Institutions after Brexit: CFSP and NATO

Prof. Benjamin Zyla

Debates about the Brexit debate appears to be narrowed down to discussing its implications for the economy, social policy, and immigration, to name a few policy issues. One of the policy areas, however, that has been much overlooked in that debate is security policy, in particular discussing the Brexit’s implications for the two most important security institutions in Europe, namely the E.U.’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This paper addresses this lacuna, and argues that there is significant common ground and interests on both sides to work towards a workable agreement. This paper discusses some of the most important issues and mechanisms that the two parties should work on next year when Britain indeed leaves the EU.