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Since the official start of Brexit negotiations last month, attention has been focused largely on the most contentious issues: How much the United Kingdom owes to the European Union, whether the U.K. will remain subject to the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice, and what rights British residents of the EU and EU residents of the U.K. will retain. Given this focus, not to mention the U.K.'s history of aloofness and even disruption in relation to the EU, it is perhaps unsurprising that EU leaders view the U.K. as a hostile negotiating partner, lacking any real commitment to cooperation.In fact, the interests of the U.K. and the EU are closely aligned, particularly in three vital and interconnected areas: foreign affairs, security strategy and defense policy. For the EU, partnership with the U.K. brings demonstrable advantages.The U.K. also has plenty to gain from cooperation. The 27 countries of the EU can act as an important force multiplier for Britain. The U.K. recently saw firsthand the consequences of going it alone.To avoid being hung out to dry in the international arena, Britain needs the EU no less than the EU needs Britain. The question now is how to design a framework for the relationship, once the U.K. is no longer an EU member.
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