The UK will lose influence over Europe’s security structure after it voluntarily leaves the European Union in May 2019, according to a parliamentary report published on May 16.
The House of Lords’ EU External Affairs Sub-Committee report acknowledges that the UK will no longer be able to influence the EU’s future planning for security, defence and peacekeeping missions. The report calls for the UK to seek to retain observer status in the EU’s planning and decision-making bodies as Britain must be engaged in the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy regarding anti-piracy operations and in peacekeeping missions in the Western Balkans and the Horn of Africa.
The Director-General of the UK’s MI5 domestic intelligence service, Andrew Parker, has called for close cooperation with the EU, particularly in intelligence sharing.
Addressing a conference hosted by Germany’s BfV security service, Parker noted that coordination was needed to counter the threat of complex attacks from Russia’s hacking and cyber warfare attacks to acts of terrorism.
“We need shared strength more than ever,” said Parker, while praising the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Group that also includes close cooperation with relevant agencies in Norway and Switzerland.