Brexit might have demonstrated the majority’s feeling in getting out of EU, but on the other hand, it surely has put UK’s relationship with NATO on a question. Popular to the contrary belief, Brexit may strengthen the bilateral relationship between UK and NATO. Let’s find out the reasons-
It backs UK’s role as interlocutor
For years, United Kingdom has been more interested in the role of an interlocutor. While Brexit hurt the larger part of EU, at the same time, it has reduced the aspiration of Britain to act, as the key player in transatlantic matters. Bonding unequivocally with NATO ensures that UK can accomplish its ambition of being the bridge between the USA and the European Union.
It maintains UK’s goodwill
By March 2017, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has announced to sign up a co-operation agreement with Germany. Post-Brexit, this is the biggest stride the UK has taken, to fortify its claim that Britain has not turned it back to its EU allies. This likewise shows up its willingness to collaborate with NATO in maintaining across war-torn areas of Eastern Europe.
Facing Russian Aggression Jointly
Russian hostility on the banks Eastern Europe has become a headache for the USA. The continuous chiding of US President Donald Trump has contributed to already brimming pressure on UK and Germy to increase military deployment in Estonia, Lithuania, and others. With NATO on its side, it would be easier for the UK to conduct maritime patrol, joint military training in the conflicted zones.
It helps the UK to conduct joint training
Today, Britain finds itself amidst cyber security threat as well as cross- fighting. It can stem from anywhere- IS, Russia, home-grown terror units are chief of them. Post-Brexit, Britain doesn’t have the defense strength to take on these challenges all alone. Through pledging its alliance towards NATO and EU, UK can solidify its position.
It prepares for smooth negotiation
UK has proposed to increase its defense budget by 0.5% every year over inflation. This is affirmed by UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon. Fallon has also promised to replace the old ballistic missile submarines of Royal Navy at the cost of $54 billion. Uniting with NATO will make UK’s position stronger in negotiating while obtaining weapons for its armed forces.
Post Brexit era, EU has been confronting the biggest threat of disintegration since its formation. The baby steps Britain has undertaken to collaborate with NATO will most likely help, to clear off the gloom.