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Defence
December 15, 2017

Britain deserves respect in the Brexit talks given how much it has done to keep Europe safe

by
Henry Jackson Society
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James Rogers

By James Rogers

On Tuesday, Philippe Lamberts, the Greens’ representative on the British withdrawal steering group in the European Parliament, denounced the UK as a “gangster”. A few weeks before, Michel Barnier, the European Commission’s lead negotiator on Britain’s withdrawal, also fired a shot across the bows. In his words, the British decision to leave

“was a decision that came after a series of attacks on European soil, committed by young people who grew up in Europe, in our countries. It was a decision that came six months after the French minister of defence issued a call for solidarity to all his European counterparts to join forces to fight the terrorism of Daesh. Never had the need to be together, to protect ourselves together, to act together been so strong, so manifest. Yet rather than stay shoulder to shoulder with the union, the British chose to be on their own again.”

These statements are part of a growing number of snipes and slurs delivered by continental politicians, which seem to be designed to reposition Britain as a kind of pariah for its temerity to leave the EU.

Read more in The Telegraph

James Rogers

About James Rogers

James Rogers is a founding member of The Henry Jackson Society and the Director of our ‘Global Britain’ Programme. He holds expertise in British grand strategy, European geopolitics and Baltic security, as well as European influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

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