February 17, 2018 / 10:22 AM / a month ago

Don't tangle up Brexit, security issues, EU tells UK

MUNICH (Reuters) - Britain and the European Union should resolve trade and other issues related to Britain’s exit from the bloc separately from discussions about a security pact with the U.K., European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said on Saturday.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 14, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

“We need a security alliance between the UK and the EU, but we can’t mix that question up with other questions relating to Brexit,” Juncker told the annual Munich Security Conference.

“I wouldn’t like to put security policy considerations with trade policy considerations in one hat. I understand why some would like to do that, but we don’t want to,” he said.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal and Thomas Escritt

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