The United Kingdom’s Defence After Brexit

Britain’s Alliances, Coalitions, and Partnerships

  • Rob Johnson
  • Janne Haaland Matlary

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About this book


This new work examines how the European states, the United Kingdom and the United States will approach the defence and Security of Europe in the medium and long-term. It is often assumed that Brexit, the United Kingdom’s departure from the political and commercial European Union, would affect defence and security profoundly, but the basis of that assumption is rarely analysed. Bringing together a panel of specialists from Europe, the UK, the EU, and the United States, this volume evaluates the relative position they play in Europe’s defence in the era of Brexit. It examines the arguments, challenges, and problems in European defence, and tests them against the residual commitment, cohesion, and capabilities of the states concerned, including Anglo-French military co-operation, the silent Anglo-German partnership, the US-UK Special Relationship, and the emergent Northern Group.

Robert Johnson is the Director of the Changing Character of War research centre, and Senior Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Oxford

Janne Haaland Matlary, is from the Department of Political Science, University of Oslo and is Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian Defence Command and Staff College.


UK defence policy EU referendum Brexit UK defence reviews UK defence capability NATO counter-terrorism Iraq legacy information warfare cyber threats Special Relationship flexilateralism Russia migration common defence policy Nordic-Baltic Region Joint Expeditionary Force Joint Amphibious Response British leadership

Editors and affiliations

  • Rob Johnson
    • 1
  • Janne Haaland Matlary
    • 2
  1. 1.Changing Character of War CentreUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-97168-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-97169-8
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