Great Britain in the process of establishing Common Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

Andrii Hrubinko


The article presents the results of the research position and role of the United Kingdom in the process of formation of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the European Union at different periods of its development. There were considered the historical peculiarities of the East European policy of Great Britain, formation of its position on Ukraine’s European integration in the context of implementation of the CFSP and enlargement of the EU. The main conclusion is that Britain has neglected the EU leadership capabilities in the CFSP, which was objectively the optimal option to maximize the identification of its leadership ambitions in the Union. In the case of total withdrawal from the EU, the UK will be forced to abandon the CSDP. For the EU, Brexit can have both positive and negative consequences. Brexit will lead to a partial loss of its influence on regional processes and will have some negative consequences for the international positions of Ukraine.

Ключові слова

Great Britain, European Union, Common Foreign and Security Policy, Brexit, Ukraine

Повний текст:



European Union, (1992). Treaty on European Union. Official Journal of the European Union, C 191, 0001-0110 [in English].

Cyr, A. (2012). Britain, Europe and the United States: change and continuity. International Affairs, No 88(6), 1315-1330 [in English].

George, S. (1995). Britain and European Integration since 1945. Oxford-Cambridge [in English].

Hewitson, M. (2012). The United States of Europe: The European Question in the 1920s. Europe in crisis. Intellectuals and the European Idea, 1917–1957. Chapter 1, New York, Oxford, 15-34 [in English].

Mr Major’s Speech to European Democratic Union Conference. Below is the transcript of Mr Major’s speech to the European Democratic Union Conservative Party Leaders’ Conference, given on Thursday, 12 September 1991. The Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH – Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northen Ireland 1990-1997. Retrieved from: [in English].

Howorth, J. (2003). Saint-Malo plus five: an interim assessment of ESDP. Notre Europe. Policy papers, 7, 36 [in English].

British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s speech to the Polish Stock Exchange in Warsaw. 6 October 2000. EU Observer. 29 May 2001. Retrieved from: [in English].

Grant, Ch. (2003). Blair’s five wars. Prospect Magazine. Retrieved from: [in English].

Commons Sitting of 21 June 2004. European Council. Hansard – House of Commons debates. House of Commons Historic Hansard for debates from 1803-2005, HC Deb 21 June 2004, 6 (22). 1079-1096 [in English].

The Conservative Manifesto 2010, (2010). London: Conservative Party.

Biscop, S. (2012). The UK and European defense: leading or leaving. International Affairs, 88(6), 1297-1313 [in English].

European Council December 2013: David Cameron’s press conference. Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street and The Rt Hon David Cameron MP. 20 December 2013. Brussels. Retrieved from: [in English].

National Security Strategy and Strategic Defense and Security Review 2015. A Secure and Prosperous United Kingdom, November 2015. London: HM Government [in English].

Bond, I., Besch, S., Gostyńska-Jakubowska, A., Korteweg, R., Mortera-Martinez, C., Tilford, S.(2016). Europe after Brexit Unleashed or undone? London: Center for European Reform [in English].

Operations in Libya, (2012). Ninth Report of Session 2010–12. House of Commons. Defense Committee, Volume I: Report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence. London [in English].

UK–France Summit 2010 Declaration on Defence and Security Co-operation. Tuesday, 2 November 2010. Retrieved from: news/uk-france-summit-2010-declaration-on-defence-and-security-co-operation [in English].

European defense coalition launched in Paris. Reuters. November 7, 2018. Retrieved from: [in English].

Hrubinko A. (2017). Great Britain in the European Foreign and Security Policy system (1990-2016) [Velyka Brytaniya u Evropeiskii Zovnishnii i Bezpekovii Politutsi (1990-2016]. Ternopil [in Ukrainian].

About Britain’s policy on Ukraine and from major international issues (political letter). December 1993. Division of the State Archives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, 110, 3 [in English].

Miliband, D. (2008). Ukraine, Russia and European stability. The Guardian, 29 August [in English].