Judy Asks: Is Britain Lost?
Editor's note: A selection of experts answer a new question from Judy Dempsey on the foreign and security policy challenges shaping Europe’s role in the world.
Not at all. The British government is likely to lose its way, but Britain will not get lost, and the rest of Europe should offer an olive branch just in case extraordinary events take place that might change the status quo. The EU is stronger with Britain, as a member or a very close partner. This should be the EU’s strategic interest.
In Britain, the June 8 general election has brought about confusion and uncertainty. This is healthy: British citizens have proved that an ideologically driven and slogan-full empty track of “Brexit means Brexit” is not what was asked for when Brits voted in June 2016 to leave the EU. Should the election lead to a parliament that is actively engaged in the pros and cons of Brexit, this will be healthy for British democracy and have positive repercussions on Europe, even if the negotiations are mired in uncertainty.