EU wants strong post-Brexit defence relations with UK but warns about industrial access

15 May 2018

The European Union wants close post-Brexit co-operation with London in defence and military matters, including the United Kingdom’s future participation in multi-nation capability projects, but there will be inevitable restrictions on industrial endeavours such as Galileo, the European Union’s earth observation satellite system, said top EU officials involved in the Brexit negotiation.

“Splendid isolation [in security and defence] is not an option for the United Kingdom: you can try, but it is doubtful the rest of the world would let you,” said Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s security and defence policy chief. “Our security is connected. I have little doubt that our future is one of close co-operation – strong and strategic – but it will be with the United Kingdom as a third country and not a half member.”

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