Can EU-UK defence negotiations be a positive sum?

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Series Details No. 120, June/July 2018
Publication Date 30/05/2018
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It is clearly in Britain and the European Union’s mutual interest to continue working closely together on defence after Brexit. Nevertheless, negotiating defence co-operation will not be pain-free; there are obstacles to a quick and easy deal. Some in the EU see Britain’s decision to leave as an attack on the fundamentals of European co-operation and no longer trust the UK as a strategic partner. What is more, the UK’s threat to launch a competitor to Galileo suggests to EU hardliners that London’s commitment to European security co-operation is thinner than Theresa May has repeatedly promised.

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ESO: Background information: Plugging in the British: EU defence policy
United Kingdom: Department for Exiting the European Union: Policy Paper, May 2018: Framework for the UK-EU Security Partnership (et al)
United Kingdom: MI5: Speech, 14.05.18: Director General Andrew Parker Speech to BfV Symposium, Berlin, 14 May 2018

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