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The government is acting as if the Brexit negotiations are just about trade—here’s why that’s dangerous

Our relationship with Europe is about defence more than produce. Security cooperation should be near the top of Cabinet’s priorities in contemplating our future relationship with Europe

By Robert Cooper  

June 7, 2017 Brussels, Belgium: EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini (L) and the EU Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Commissioner Jyrki Katainen (R) speak at a joint news conference. Photo: PA

When we think of security, we think first of police or armies, of how to deal with terrorists or wars in our neighbourhood. These are all important, but they miss the most important factor contributing to our security. That is, friendly relations with the countries that are important to us.

One of the…

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