Since its inception in 2004, the UK has been one of the strongest supporters of Operation Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina; in supporting its executive mandate at the UN and consistently providing personnel deployments. We intend to maintain a UK contribution to the Operation in the event of a deal and an implementation period.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, a third country agreement would be required between the UK and EU for UK troops to continue as part of EU missions and operations, including Operation Althea. We have made clear to the EU that we are open to reaching such an agreement to ensure continuity of the UK's contribution. In case of no-deal, we have put in place contingency plans to continue UK support to the Western Balkans region.