Mark Leonard and Jeremy Shapiro predict ten bright and bold policy projections for the year to come
Britain in Europe
The UK will have to decide how involved it wants to be in EU defence efforts. It seems likely that the country’s aim will be to have flexible structures that allow it to plug into European foreign and defence policy where doing so is in its interests.
The United Kingdom’s strategy should be to take a more considered, sectoral approach to trade – thereby strengthening its own internal market and its future relationship with key EU member states
With Joe Biden about to enter the White House, London could need to display ambition on climate issues, or face being left behind by Washington and Brussels if they identified this policy area as a vehicle for rapprochement
The politics are the only thing that matter to Boris Johnson and whether he signs a new deal with the European Union
Prime Minister Boris Johnson likely has no plan other than to stay in power. He will rely on his two closest advisers to oversee Brexit.
It is in the British prime minister’s interests to carry on a ‘war with Brussels’, no matter how tired EU leaders already are of the issue
Brexit has denied Denmark a regular ally in EU negotiations. Copenhagen can find new friends – but it should start the hard yards now.
The UK wants to “take back control” of its borders – but is now finding out the reality of what this means
The UK’s ostensible new “ethical foreign policy” stands up to little scrutiny – not least as the government’s preferred form of Brexit limits chances it will ever enact such a policy.