Heading for the exit: Defence and the UK's departure from the European Union
Two years on from the UK's monumental decision to leave the EU, the security and economic environment of the continent has shifted. Within this new context, Jane's analysts have explored the Europe-wide defence market implications of the UK's decision to leave the EU.
The regression to a union of 27 members has acted as a catalyst for defence-sector co-operation within the EU with central funding exceeding EUR1 billion per annum and mechanisms for collaboration through the activation of Permanent Structured Co-operation having been triggered since the announcement of the UK's departure.
Obstacles to UK co-operation with the EU beyond 2019 are unlikely to be as great as initially feared, although a picture is emerging of a future as a third-country with limited privileges. The question hangs, meanwhile, over whether methods by the EU to invigorate the bloc's defence sectors offer sufficient scope or ambition.
For those invested in or exposed to this industry, it is critical to understand where defence is headed, and where the opportunities and pitfalls lie, in order to make secure and successful investment decisions.
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