The EU desperately needs a compelling narrative to rekindle enthusiasm for European integration within the EU and interest beyond it.
In turbulent times it important to recall the origins of the European Union. The EU in itself was conceived as a peace project.
One of the UK’s primary forms of power projection in the world is through its conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts. But this power is largely projected through the amplifier of one or other multinational institution, and in particular the EU.
The idea of a truly independent foreign or security policy is a chimera in a highly interdependent and complex world.
Debates between the Bremain and Brexit campaigners have primarily focused on issues of immigration. However, most of these discussions tend to forget that the UK’s ability to manage refugee flows is inextricably linked to its ability to deal with international conflicts.
The EU referendum debate has so far hardly touched on the implications for the UK’s security and foreign policy amidst the current focus on the economic consequences. This is not to say that economic and foreign policy issues are not connected.