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How “special” will the UK-EU security partnership really be?

Against the background of an ongoing row over the UK's participation in the EU's Galileo programme, both sides have presented their vision for future bilateral security partnership. Open Europe's Aarti Shankar argues that the solution to the Galileo argument could determine how ambitious a UK-EU defence and security agreement is.

The government last week published an ambitious model that goes beyond the EU’s existing third country agreements.  It envisages three distinct pillars of cooperation: internal security, external security, and wider cooperation on topics such as cyber security, migration, and counter-terrorism.

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