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Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - As Britain contemplates one of the most important shifts in its foreign policy of recent times, it should look to maintain its security links with Europe, the Royal United Services Institute has said.
In a report on the importance of the UK’s national interest in policy, the British think tank has also said it should increase its capability for action without the US.
“The first priority should be to respond to security threats to the UK homeland, both from competitor states and from non-state actors,” wrote the report’s author, institute deputy director general Prof Malcolm Chalmers.
“Maintaining strong security partnerships with European allies is vital to tackling threats to the UK and its immediate neighbourhood."
The report says the UK is unlikely to move into a closer or more subservient position to the US after its exit from Europe.
Instead, it says Britain should expect more autonomy from both traditional partners.
“A more likely scenario is that the UK is moving towards a situation of regulatory autonomy in relation to both its major partners, rather than a wholesale shift from one to the other,” the report says.
It says that where possible, Britain should “increase its capability for action without the US”.
In the run-up to its exit from the EU on January 31, Britain stuck closely to its European partners in its response to the Iran nuclear crisis.
Britain, France and Germany have urged Tehran to resume compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal despite Washington’s abandonment of the agreement.
But British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has welcomed US President Donald Trump’s plan for peace in the Middle East more emphatically than other European leaders.
At the same time, Britain and the US have clashed bitterly over the UK decision to allow Chinese company Huawei limited access to run its new 5G network, against Mr Trump's wishes.
Updated: February 10, 2020 04:20 AM
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