David Lidington: Britain Wants ‘Closest Possible’ Security Cooperation With EU Post-Brexit


David Lidington, a cabinet minister, stated that the United Kingdom is aiming for the “closest possible cooperation agreement” with Europe over security and foreign policy after it withdraws from the European Union.

Lidington serves as the number two of Theresa May after the resignation of Damian Green. While talking to Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper, he said that the United Kingdom would be tempted to join a crisis intervention force once certain conditions were met.

One of the conditions would be that London will have control over the deployment of UK troops abroad.

The United Kingdom has repeatedly said that it wants to be a part of the intelligence and security sharing with its European neighbours to fight the impacts of global terrorism.

Lidington said that he wishes that an agreement with the European Union that would formalise future foreign policy, security and military cooperation would take place. He said that a failure to finalise such a deal would be welcomed by the countries that are hostile to Europe, including Russia, which he said that would “result in less security for everyone.”

Currently, Prime Minister Theresa May is facing a complex battle to satisfy the pro-EU and Brexiteer wings of her party.

Earlier this week, she promised that the Tory EU rebels of the parliament would be able to have a meaningful say on the final deal regarding Brexit in an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill that is scheduled to be heard in the parliament next week.

However, Dominic Grieve,  the former Attorney General, said that the government had changed the amendment at the last minute and that the said move resulted in a “slap in the face.”

The conundrum of Prime Minister May centres on answering some concerns of the MPs over the final Brexit deal while also not weakening the position of the United Kingdom in the negotiation talks with the European Union.