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Let’s stay in Europe—and lead on a new defence policy for the continent

Staying inside would allow the UK to keep a pivotal role in areas like the Galileo satellite system and anti-Piracy initiatives

French soldiers march during the annual Bastille Day military parade. With Britain out of the EU, the responsibility for European defence will fall on countries like France. Photo: PA

We’re set to leave the EU at a moment of extraordinary geopolitical tumult. A transatlantic trade war looms, President Trump postures against America’s traditional allies, and Russia and China are probing Europe’s soft spots. No wonder European defence is finding a second wind.

Military spending on the continent is rising faster than anywhere else, and concrete new initiatives—like -Permanent Structured Co-operation,…

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