The forthcoming root and branch reset of the civil service led in the Cabinet Office by Lord Agnew and Baroness Finn is greatly to be welcomed. Ministers are – and should be able to be – critically reliant on the civil service to be honest, genuinely objective, consciously subordinate and also on the ball…
The first essay of this pair painted a picture of the great opportunities that Brexit will bring both to enhance our national security and to reinforce the defence and security of the Free World – we must get used to this term once more – as the curtain falls on the era of fuzzy internationalism and as dark shadows return to the world order.
Geo-politics prescribe Britain’s basic choice about its security relationship with the adjacent Continent. Will we, in adaptation of Winston Churchill’s famous aphorism, be ‘of’ the Continent or ‘with’ the Continent?
In this article , originally published in the Spectator as a member of Veterans for Britain, Professor Gwythian Prins criticises the recent DEXEU Technical Note on defence collaboration with the EU, which includes ambitions to lock us into subordination with the EU Political and Security Committee and EU Military Committee
National security and countering terrorism were at the heart of the British government’s campaign to remain in the EU prior to the referendum but now that the country has voted to leave, what will the EU’s negotiating posture be towards the UK on matters of national security and counter terrorism?