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Brexit poses severe challenges for UK security—why the government complacency?

The UK’s defence and intelligence agencies will be forced to make difficult decisions and perhaps accept significant costs as the Brexit process goes on

British Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis (L) and Michel Barnier (R), the EU Chief Negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom under Article 50, dubbed the 'Brexit' give a press conference at the end of a meeting at EU Commission in Brussels, Belgium on 19.06.2017 by Wiktor Dabkowski | usage worldwide. Photo: Wiktor Dabkowski/DPA/PA Images

“The government now recognises that the European Union is an important defence and security player, and that is certainly not something that we heard from the leavers, including some current ministers, during the campaign.”

The government has made much of Britain’s contribution to EU security in recent policy papers. The argument has been that Europe depends on Britain’s security capabilities, and that the UK could manage on its own…

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