Menu
Sun, 14 July 2024

Newsletter sign-up

Subscribe now
The House Live All
Home affairs
How clean energy will help deliver UK economic growth Partner content
By SSE
Communities
Press releases

Theresa May rejects Michel Barnier claim that UK turned its back on terror fight with Brexit vote

2 min read

Theresa May has mounted a strong defence of Britain's part in the war on terror - after Michel Barnier claimed the Brexit vote showed the UK had turned its back on Europe's fight against Daesh.


The EU's chief Brexit negotiator said the British had chosen to "be on their own again" despite pleas for solidarity in the wake of attacks on the continent.

Speaking at a security conference in Berlin, he said: "It was a decision that came six months after the French minister of defence issued a call for solidarity to all his European counterparts to join forces to fight the terrorism of Daesh.

"Never had the need to be together, to protect ourselves together, to act together been so strong, so manifest.

"Yet rather than stay shoulder to shoulder with the Union, the British chose to be on their own again."

But in a rebuttal of Mr Barnier's claims, the Prime Minister's official spokesman stressed "the leading role Britain plays and continues to play in terms of combating Daesh, both in terms of online extremism, which Daesh uses to spread its poisonous message, and also in terms of the fight against Daesh on the ground in Iraq and in Syria, where Britain has played a leading role alongside our allies in the coalition against IS and which has had notable military success in driving IS back".

He added: "The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear about our ongoing commitment to the security of Europe and of the European Union and her determination to continue co-operating with the EU sharing information and standing together against IS and terrorism in all its forms."

British politicians also dismissed Mr Barnier's comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PoliticsHome Newsletters

PoliticsHome provides the most comprehensive coverage of UK politics anywhere on the web, offering high quality original reporting and analysis: Subscribe

Podcast
Engineering a Better World

The Engineering a Better World podcast series from The House magazine and the IET is back for series two! New host Jonn Elledge discusses with parliamentarians and industry experts how technology and engineering can provide policy solutions to our changing world.

NEW SERIES - Listen now