Britain will offer to agree positions on foreign policy with Brussels and contribute to joint military operations after leaving the EU, according to the government’s Brexit position paper on defence. The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said it was important to make sure the UK’s “commitment to European security is undiminished” after Brexit, citing collective efforts to bring Iran to the negotiating table and the united response to Russian aggression in Ukraine as areas of successful EU action in the past. “In recent years, the European Union has helped achieve crucial foreign policy goals,” he said. “We want this EU role to continue after we leave. This is why, in addition to stronger relations with EU member states, we also envisage a strong UK-EU partnership on foreign and defence policy following our departure. This will allow us to continue our work in tackling the shared challenges we face worldwide.” The new position paper strikes a more positive note about EU defence and foreign policy matters than expected, after Theresa May put security cooperation on the table as a bargaining chip to get a good trade deal when she wrote her letter to the EU triggering article 50 in March. A senior… Read full this story
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