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Brexit LIVE: UK accused of breaching Brexit deal – Truss faces showdown with EU in hours


The EU’s response towards the situation in Ukraine has made it “loud and clear there is no European ‘strategic autonomy’ without the UK” after Brexit, a political writer has said.

Ben Judah, writer on international politics and senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, commented on Twitter last night that “this has been a decisive week for post-Brexit Britain”.

He wrote: “Its actions to support Ukraine militarily and now in intelligence terms are making it loud and clear there is no European ‘strategic autonomy’ without the UK.

“This has been a decisive week in resetting post-Brexit Britain’s relations with some EU countries – after years of being maligned as a ‘destructive’ actor to European security, in the governments in Poland, Baltic and others on the Eastern flank they see Britain pulling through.

“This is not what those states see from Berlin and Brussels. Germany, for some, looks like it is doing the opposite.

“It means they are now more likely to push to keep an Anglo-led NATO and not a very Franco-German EU playing the key European security role. This advantages the UK.”

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