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Does the Brexit deal keep us safe?

As the UK’s last European commissioner, I know how welcome it is that a deal was struck—and how much remains to be done

By Julian King  

Photo: Julian King was European Commissioner for the Security Union until late last year. Photo: DPA/PA Images

The threats we face from terrorism, serious crime and cyberattacks did not disappear on 1st January. Those wishing the UK harm, non-state and state actors alike, didn’t declare a truce after Brexit. They don’t particularly distinguish between members and non-members of the EU.   

But how we tackle those threats will change. 

Over the last decade or so, the UK put a lot of effort into working with our European partners to counter shared threats. Not only through the EU: Nato has taken on a bigger role in addressing some of these challenges; cooperation between intelligence services has strengthened outside the EU framework; bilateral cooperation…

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