As an EU member, the UK was able to influence the direction of the Union's Common Foreign and Security Policy, while enjoying the implicit diplomatic support from other member states in its international relations.
At the same time, Britain was expected to tow the party line when it came to the Brussels-dictated foreign policy and had its unique vision watered down by the rivalling views of other senior EU members.
Leaving the entrenched bloc politics may significantly enhance the UK's footprint on the global arena and on the European continent itself.
First, Brexit distances the UK from the growing divide between the United States, its principal ally in the international arena, and the EU leadership over such issues as NATO defence expenditure
, Israeli-Palestinian conflict
and climate change
In fact, Britain may wish to utilize its new autonomy to strengthen its "special relationships" with the US by being more assertive with the EU member states.
For instance, Theresa May did not hold back in pressing other European leaders to increase their defence expenditure up to 2 percent GDP, as required under NATO framework, in an effort to cosy up to Donald Trump, who has long been critical of the "unfair" situation, where only 5 of 28 NATO members spend the required sum on defence.
During the Malta summit
last February, the British Prime Minister went toe-to-toe with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and then-President of France François Hollande, acting as self-proclaimed "bridge to Donald Trump".