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One might have hoped that the United Kingdom's security relationship with Europe could be kept out of the Brexit negotiations, which will be difficult enough without an added layer of political complexity. Alas, just a week after the U.K. fired the starting gun on its departure from the European Union, it is already clear that this won't be the case. There are very good reasons to keep defense and security separate from the Brexit negotiations. Security did not feature in the Brexit referendum campaign, and most U.K. defense efforts take place outside the EU. Both sides have an interest in continuing with close defense and security cooperation after the U.K. leaves the EU. The U.K. is one of Europe's top defense powers, alongside France, with deployable armed forces, security and defense expertise, world-class intelligence services and a nuclear deterrent.By allowing the U.K.'s defense assets to be politicized, she risks looking cynical and insincere, and undermining the security order that has served Europe so well.
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