Security, intelligence and EU cooperation: Scotland’s comparator countries

Reports & Briefings

Report on the third of six events in the seminar series: Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change

Key points:

  • Scotland to an extent already resembles a small western European state in its police and security arrangements.
  • Scotland faces the same choices as its comparative neighbours in terms of geopolitics and NATO, working with bigger partners, and cooperation with the EU on ‘freedom, security and justice’ matters.
  • Political differences with neighbours are not necessarily a hindrance to security cooperation.
  • The EU is often flexible and accommodating in its ‘freedom, justice and security’ approach to European states, whether members or not.
  • Being a small country is not necessarily a hindrance to undertaking ambitious security sector reforms.
  • In comparative European terms, smallness is no hindrance to being secure.
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