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Debates
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Debate with the Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, Peter Pellegrini, on the Future of Europe (debate)
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  Charles Tannock (ECR). – Mr President, Prime Minister Pellegrini, tonight is the meaningful vote on Brexit in the House of Commons. I personally don’t support Mrs May’s hard Brexit deal as it recognises her regrettable red lines to leave the EU single market and customs union, so it can never really deliver UK—EU frictionless trade.

Nevertheless, there is one part of the Withdrawal Agreement I do strongly agree with, which is its aspiration to keep the United Kingdom closely linked to the EU’s internal and external security arrangements. On internal security, I particularly fear now a security cliff edge if there’s a no-deal scenario, excluding the United Kingdom’s access to key EU databases and instruments such as the Schengen Information System (SIS) and the Anti-Counterfeiting Rapid Intelligence System (ACRIS) database. It’s also vital to keep the UK, post Brexit, close to the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) and the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) in the external security area.

The UK is a UN Security Council P5 member and a nuclear power. So how, Prime Minister Pellegrini, do you see, post Brexit, a way of keeping the United Kingdom closely linked into the EU security structures and, in particular, the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO), which you mentioned in your speech?

 
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