On June 23, the United Kingdom will hold a referendum that will determine whether it remains a member of the European Union. Arguments abound in both the pro- and anti-Brexit camps over the drawbacks and benefits of staying or leaving. In fact, current polls among the British public are so close that world leaders have begun to voice their opinions on the subject. Although the international community respects that this is a decision for the British people, the consequences of a Brexit would deal a devastating blow to Europe and reverberate throughout the world economy. Beyond the apparent economic concerns, a Brexit would have dire consequences for national security—both for the UK and the EU. It would jeopardize the unity of the NATO alliance, potentially reignite the debate over Scottish independence and, perhaps most importantly, add increased pressure to Europe’s already-delicate political climate. At stake is the future of a united Europe.
To read the full article, visit The National Interest website.
More from CNAS
PodcastVladimir Putin and the Future of Russian Politics, with Michael McFaul and Vladimir Kara-Murza
Ambassador (ret.) Michael McFaul and Vladimir Kara-Murza join Andrea-Kendall Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss recent anti-democratic developments in Russian politics and U.S...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, Michael A. McFaul & Vladimir Kara-Murza
PodcastDefense Priorities in a New Administration, with Michèle Flournoy
Michèle Flournoy joins Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to discuss how a Biden administration can work with NATO to confront transnational threats. Flournoy has been a l...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend & Michèle Flournoy
CommentaryDuda’s Unnecessary Gamble
Polish President Andrzej Duda will visit the White House on Wednesday, a mere four days before the first round of Poland’s presidential election. While the United States and P...
By Adam Twardowski & Carisa Nietsche
PodcastGermany, Nuclear Sharing, and the U.S. Drawdown with Ulrike Franke and Frank Sauer
Ulrike Franke and Frank Sauer join Andrea Kendall-Taylor and Jim Townsend to break down the U.S. proposal to drawdown in Germany, nuclear sharing, and more on a joint Brussels...
By Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Jim Townsend, Ulrike Franke & Frank Sauer