Military Capabilities

EU unveils eclectic mix of defence and security objectives for EU–UK negotiations

05 February 2020

The European Commission's new negotiating stance for the EU's future relations with the United Kingdom has set out a compact list of goals for potential security and defence co-operation with London, albeit all framed in cautious language.

Its wording on defence industrial issues, intelligence exchanges, and especially access to Europe's space sector is hedged with references to strict reciprocity.

"Our task will be to defend and advance the interests of our citizens and of our union while trying to find solutions that respect the UK's choices," Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, while unveiling the 33-page recommendation to the European Council on 3 February.

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