Britain and the EU should sign a new security treaty and must not let ideological differences block co-operation in that sector after Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday.
“The key aspects of our future partnership in this area will already be effective from 2019,” the British prime minister told top European and US officials at the Munich Security Conference.
She called on her country’s European Union partners not to let “rigid institutional restrictions” get in the way of a wide-ranging post-Brexit security partnership and warned that there will be “damaging real-world consequences” if none is agreed.
May said UK would respect the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) with regard to certain security agencies, but would not be subject to its jurisdiction.
In his turn, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker also said today that Britain and the EU should resolve trade and other issues related to Britain’s exit from the bloc separately from discussions about a security pact with the UK.
“We need a security alliance between the UK and the EU, but we can’t mix that question up with other questions relating to Brexit,” Juncker told the annual Munich Security Conference.
“I wouldn’t like to put security policy considerations with trade policy considerations in one hat. I understand why some would like to do that, but we don’t want to,” he said.