Student Research

Brexit's effects on U.K. maritime policy

The international community was shocked by the United Kingdom's recent vote to secede from the European Union. Although the UK pondered the idea of leaving the EU for quite some time, the proposal became official when the people of Britain voted on June 23rd, 2016 to secede from the union. There is no doubt that the future implications of this decision remain unclear. Many British politicians warned the people of the United Kingdom of the challenges that a "yes" vote would present. On the other hand, some UK politicians promoted the high level of uncertainty regarding secession as a source of excitement and motivation. As the UK continues to negotiate with the EU, and other world partners, regarding the details of implementing the British-exit (Brexit) decision, many people question the effects that this will have on areas such as the UK's economy, trade relations, environmental policy, and more. This thesis closely examines the implications that this vote can and/or will have on Britain's maritime sector. As a major maritime nation, understanding the effects of Brexit on British maritime policies (i.e. maritime security, marine environmental policy, trade/shipping relations, etc.) will allow for a greater insight regarding how this decision might affect the nation on a larger scale.

A capstone project submitted to the faculty of the California Maritime Academy in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Maritime Affairs.