The UK is not cutting off its own hand, it is holding it out

It is not rational to behave towards the UK as if it posed a security risk to the EU.

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When EU leaders discuss Brexit at the June European Council, the most important issue will be how to keep our citizens safe after the UK leaves the EU. Europe’s security is the UK’s security and vice versa. As Prime Minister Theresa May said at the Munich security conference, “the United Kingdom is unconditionally committed to maintaining” it. However, I have been surprised that ideology promoted by the EU Commission is standing in the way of progress on this important area.

In my mind, there is no choice. Common sense should prevail over a doctrine. A key function of governments is to keep their citizens safe. And post-Brexit this is best done with a strong security partnership with the UK.

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