Britain's Defense Secretary Michael Fallon leaves after the weekly meeting of the cabinet at Downing Street in central London on September 12, 2017. (AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS)
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Britain wants to have closer defense cooperation with the European Union after Brexit than other countries outside the union, according to a document that sets out a vision of "a deep security partnership" aimed at nudging talks forward.Pro-Brexit supporters argued before the EU referendum last year that closer defence cooperation between the bloc's member states was yet another sign of closer union, and on Tuesday the Veterans for Britain group said the paper was "a grave mistake".Tuesday's paper was intended as a conversation-starter rather than a concrete negotiating position, setting out areas such as information and personnel exchanges where Britain could contribute to European security, subject to negotiations.Its usefulness as leverage to push talks forward could be limited by the acknowledgement in the paper that Britain also benefits from security and intelligence sharing.
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