UK to Embrace Dangerous Putin?

It has been suggested that if the United Kingdom were to leave the European Union, it’s alliances and strategic partnerships would need to be restructured according to the Foreign Affairs Committee who are analysing the matter in the run-up to the EU referendum.

The committee is currently looking into the collective action of the EU and whether or not this benefits the UK on the grounds of its economy, trade, and how its foreign policy is altered due to the EU’s collective action. There is also the possibility that the UK’s standing in Nato and the UN may change, and whether or not this will be beneficial to the UK remains to be seen. It could lead to Britain taking a different stance against Russia, ISIL and other non-state actors with a more free approach to the way it runs diplomacy.

Interestingly, the move away from the EU could do favours for Jeremy Corbyn should he be elected as Labour Leader and then Prime Minister as he has spoken of wanting to treat Russia with more respect and work closer with them to de-militarise the border between them and the Ukraine and criticising Nato for causing the confrontations by its expansive aims.

Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, spoke this week in front of the Foreign Affairs Committee, about Russia, calling them a “very challenging” adversary, who use cyber operations and deniable proxies to fight their wars. However he also said that the UK should act as part of the “Western alliance” that is Nato.

If the UK were to leave the EU and take its own stance on Russia and other global actors in the international relations sphere then it could signal a big change in where Britain stands among it’s Western allies.

Daniel Otter

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Politics Student studying at Nottingham Trent University, Interested in contemporary UK politics, mostly issues surrounding Democracy, Defence, economy and reform.