Not all the challenges faced by Britain in the post-Brexit referendum era have been sparked entirely by the decision to leave the EU. In many cases, the decision has merely brought to the fore already existing issues, highlighting them and giving them renewed urgency. The dilemma now facing British defence strategy is one such that has been brewing since 1945, and now requires urgent attention.
The murderous terrorist attacks in Paris two weeks ago have caused the already shaky state of the Schengen Agreement to come under renewed scrutiny. And with the continent still in shock, Europe’s political leaders must act fast if they are to save their dream of a Union without internal borders.