Defence Notes

PREMIUM: Debate on foreign ownership of UK defence industries highlights concerns

11th November 2020 - 14:30 GMT | by Richard Thomas in London


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As the UK looks to begin a new chapter in its history and develop new business ties following Brexit, the country’s defence industry will be a key element in the bid to increase inwards and outward trade and investment.

Unlike a number of its Western allies, the UK has long persisted with an open approach to foreign direct investment (FDI), rarely standing in the way of the acquisition of UK-based companies by overseas enterprises. 

However, on rare occasions it does move to intervene, particularly when faced with a ...

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