Crisis Management Post-Brexit

The Cases of Health and Energy Security

In response to an ever-changing and dynamic security environment, multi-level systems of crisis governance have developed in the EU across a wide range of policy areas.  These systems combine common security standards and emergency planning, with the coordination of crisis response across public authorities at the supranational, national and devolved level.  The UK’s decision to leave the EU will require this system to be re-examined, with potentially major consequences for the security of the UK.  The exact form that post-Brexit crisis management will take is a critical issue for the UK and EU to address during the ongoing Article 50 negotiations. Decisions will have to be taken about whether to preserve elements of cooperation with the EU, or develop a fully independent system.  Under both scenarios, questions about whether and how to redistribute resources, legal powers and operational responsibilities among the UK and devolved administrations will need to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

This project, funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland represents a first step towards understanding the impact of Brexit on the management of transnational crises.  It focuses on two exemplars of multi-level crisis governance – pandemics and gas supply disruptions – in order to examine the potential impact of Brexit on the institutional and operational arrangements for the prevention and management of crises.  This project aims to assess the degree of continuity and change that we can expect in these two areas, and identify possible avenues for ensuring effective cooperation between the UK and EU post-Brexit.

Project Team
Dr Andrew Judge, University of Glasgow
Dr John Connolly, University of the West of Scotland

Publications and Commentary
'No-deal Brexit: the biggest test yet for UK crisis management?', LSE BREXIT, 25 July 2018
'UK expertise on health security could be a strong card in the Brexit negotiations - but few seem to realise it', LSE BREXIT, 28 August 2017