Six Ways We Can Be Sure Boris Is Serious

It seems increasingly likely that the next leader of the Conservatives, and UK Prime Minister, will be Boris Johnson. On the face of it, this looks like good news for supporters of Brexit given Johnson’s record on this issue and his recent statement that the UK will leave the EU by October 31 ‘do or die’. Yet given the history…

Brexit and the US-UK Defence Relationship

This is the transcript of Lecture at the Heritage Foundation, “Brexit and the US-UK Defense Relationship” given by Professor Gwythian Prins on 1 May 2019. A summary is on the Briefings for Brexit blog page.  Ted, colleagues at Heritage, distinguished ladies and gentlemen. I am honoured and grateful for the hospitality of your platform this afternoon so that I can share…

US House of Representatives Threatens Turkey with $5 Billion in Sanctions

A US House of Representatives resolution enjoying bipartisan support will make Turkey liable to US sanctions should it proceed with its attempt to purchase the S-400 missile defence system. Turkey has faced criticism from the United States and other NATO allies over its decision to purchase the S-400 missile system, since it signed a deal to purchase the system back…

First Overseas Deployment of RAF’s F-35B Lightning Fighter Jets Scheduled

In their first overseas deployment, the RAF plans to relocate its F-35B Lightning fighter jets to Cyprus later this year. In a press release, the Ministry of Defence provided further details: "The Lightning, as the aircraft is known in the UK, is the first to combine radar-evading stealth technology with supersonic speeds and the ability to conduct short take-offs and…

Understanding the UK’s Production, Consumption and Trade in Strategic Metals and Minerals

Industry, manufacturing, construction and infrastructure in the United Kingdom are dependent upon the reliable supply of metals and minerals largely from overseas. In this paper, Technical Politics will examine current consumption and supply of metals and minerals by the UK economy, and will look at the stress-resistance of the supply chain. Production Domestic mineral reserves and production capacity are of importance…

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