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How can the UK co-operate with EU security and defence missions after Brexit?


On Thursday 11 January 2018 the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee will take evidence from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Director of Defence and International Security, Angus Lapsley, and Head of Euro-Atlantic Security, Giles Ahern.

They will be giving evidence on the impact of Brexit on UK participation in EU Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions.

This public evidence session will be at 10.30am. Questions the Committee is likely to ask include:

  • How important are CSDP missions to the UK's foreign policy priorities?
  • What impact will the UK's absence have on the delivery of current (and future) missions?
  • How significant is EULEX Kosovo to the delivery of UK foreign policy priorities in Kosovo? How big is the UK's contribution to this mission?
  • How do EUTM Somalia and Operation Atalanta contribute to UK foreign policy objectives in Somalia and in the Horn of Africa?
  • How do third countries currently participate in CSDP missions and how significant have their contributions been?
  • In autumn 2017 the Government outlined its ambition for a “deep level of co-operation” which would enable the UK to “work with the EU during mandate development and detailed operational planning” of CSDP missions. How could such co-operation be structured? Are there any precedents that can be drawn on?

This evidence session will take place at 10.30am on Thursday 11 January 2018 in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

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