The EU And The UK

Looking at Europe and beyond, perhaps the single most important issue in the upcoming negotiations will be trade. I think many tend to underestimate the complexity and delay involved in the UK setting up its own trading relationship with the EU and the world. We also need a setup through which we can continue to project our core values on human rights, democracy and the rule of law towards other continental blocs. On foreign policy we must stay close partners. This also applies to security and defence policy: although the EU loses a key Member State, paradoxically, such a separation could give the necessary impulse for a closer integration of the remaining Member States. And there are many ways in which the UK could engage and contribute to such a new more coordinated EU of 27 without standing in the way of such integration.

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