The Government’s proposals for a future security partnership with the European Union Contents



1 Introduction

2 The EU’s plans for defence co-operation

Permanent Structured Co-operation (PESCO)

European Defence Fund (EDF)

European Defence Research Programme (‘Research Window’)

European Defence Industrial Development Programme (‘Capability Window’)

Coordinated Annual Review on Defence (CARD)

3 The proposed shape of the Government’s engagement post-Brexit

The future partnership paper

Subsequent announcements and public statements

Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP)



European Defence Fund

European Defence Agency

4 Other issues

Support for UK defence industry post-Brexit

Support for pan-European complex supply chains

Research funding

Ability of Parliamentarians to hold the Government to account on the future of the UK-EU security partnership

The role of NATO

5 Conclusions



The European Defence Fund

Support for pan-European complex supply chains and research funding

The EU and NATO

Parliamentary scrutiny

Annex A: A brief history of European defence co-operation measures

The European Defence Community

The Western European Union

The Maastricht Treaty

The Lisbon Treaty

European Council December

Annex B: List of UK military relations with EU member states

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 8 June 2018