Security Policy

Exiting the European Union – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th January 2017.

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Photo of Craig Williams Craig Williams Conservative, Cardiff North 12:00 am, 26th January 2017

What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on ensuring future cooperation with the EU on security policy after the UK has left the EU.

Photo of David Jones David Jones Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

Britain has played a key role in protecting Europe’s security, and the Prime Minister has been clear that we will continue to co-operate with our European partners on foreign and defence policy as we leave the European Union.

Photo of Craig Williams Craig Williams Conservative, Cardiff North

As we are a global player in counter-terrorism and law enforcement, does my right hon. Friend agree that both we and our EU partners have much to benefit from a co-operation agreement?

Photo of David Jones David Jones Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

I entirely agree with my hon. Friend. I discussed the issue with several of my European counterparts earlier this week. They fully understand the intelligence strength that Britain brings to the table, and they understand the value that we will be able to bring to the table after we leave the EU.

Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield

Does the Minister understand that parliamentarians across Europe are deeply worried about the knock-on effect of our leaving the EU on NATO’s stability and future? That is the truth. Forget about what is happening in the United States with the new President; will the Minister assure the House that this country’s commitment to NATO will be redoubled, not diminished?

Photo of David Jones David Jones Minister of State (Department for Exiting the European Union)

We are absolutely committed to NATO, and I assure the House that that commitment will continue after Brexit.