Saturday, 17 February 2018

Prime minister Theresa May says new security deal should be effective by next year

Theresa May has called for a new "deep and special partnership" to ensure the UK and EU can continue to work together on security after Brexit.

She said new arrangements in foreign and defence policy cooperation should be effective by next year.

In a speech to the Munich Security Conference the prime minister said the UK would remain committed to Europe's security after leaving the EU.

New security arrangements have yet to be negotiated for after Brexit.

Theresa May said that, without cooperation, the UK would no longer be able to help the European police agency Europol as it currently does or extradite suspects as quickly.
To maintain coordination on security Theresa May said the UK and EU should continue to work together on sanctions, operations on the ground and developing capabilities in defence, cyber and space.

The prime minister warned that "rigid institutional restrictions or deep-seated ideology" should not jeopardise the security of UK citizens.

"We must do whatever is most practical and pragmatic in ensuring our collective security," she added.

She said the UK and EU's enemies would "like nothing better than to see us fractured".

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said the "security bridge between the UK and the EU would still be maintained" but added "you cannot mix it up with other issues."

BBC     News.