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AN audience of senior security personnel, diplomats and academics gathered at Ulster University’s Belfast Campus were warned of the scale of security challenges facing the UK in the 2020s after Brexit.

At the launch of Tipping Point: Britain, Brexit and Security in the 2020s, Professor Michael Clarke (Kings College London) and co-author Helen Ramscar (Royal United Service Institute) outlined that for a country as globalised as the UK, security challenges cover a wide spectrum – from terrorism, international crime and cyber attacks to potential war.

The impact of Brexit has been that of a political tipping point; which Clarke and Ramscar set out in terms of both the immediate and long-term security challenges the UK faces from security and froegin policy to the crisis of liberal democracy.

Professor Alistair Adair of Ulster University introduced the lecture, highlighting Helen Ramscar’s connection to Ulster University, as her father, Paddy Roche, was a lecturer at the institution in Ecnomics.

The launch event concluded with a lively discussion on security in a changing world and in the post-Brexit era, chaired by Professor Duncan Morrow.