In a recent interview with the French weekly magazine, L’Express, Jeremy Shapiro compared and contrasted the European and American strategies for fighting terrorism. He suggests that while Americans and Europeans generally understand the terrorist threat in similar ways, Europe seeks to manage the problem, while Americans tend to believe, that with enough concerted effort, terrorism, like slavery, can be essentially eliminated.
I question whether the U.K. and EU will become political and economic rivals, as geography, history, financial interests, security concerns, and shared values will necessitate continued close cooperation in some form for the foreseeable future. My bigger concern is the all-consuming nature of Brexit, which could prevent the U.K. especially and the EU from engaging effectively against international rivals. Brexit already dominates debates in London, with a divided Cabinet and parliament having limited bandwidth to engage on global challenges. Even if the U.K. parliament ratifies a Brexit deal, the two sides must then embark on equally complicated and domestically contentious negotiations about their future relationship. In some form, Brexit will afflict Europe for years and risks detracting attention from emerging threats.