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Old 12.01.2020, 21:33
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Re: The Brexit referendum thread: potential consequences for GB, EU and the Brits in

One rather more relevant matter the General Soleimani assassination has raised for the UK post-Brexit is on matters such as this, where should the UK align itself? For along time the UK has straddled some odd center ground whereby on economic matters she has assisted her EU partners (France and Germany) in trying to find ways around US financial sanctions, yet on military matters, traditionally the UK has stood firmly by the USA's side.

I think I would prefer the UK to remain more Eurocentric in its approach to foreign affairs post-Brexit (The current President isn't going to be around forever), however the recent events in Iran has really exposed how weak the EU is in this regard. The Euro is not really used as a reserve currency, and the EU is totally reliant on energy imports. Add to this the problem that there is no real coherent EU foreign policy (apart from development funding ha ha). Nor is there any real hard power that can be drawn on if need be.

It's going to be a tough choice that needs to be made sooner rather than later. Does the UK even want to try and maintain a role in international affairs? Perhaps the best way would be a third way and step back from having a world role. Another interesting aspect to keep an eye on.
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