handelsblatt exclusive E.U. Commissioner Sees Trans-Atlantic Cooperation Despite Trump, Brexit

Julian King, the E.U. security commissioner, expressed confidence that Britain and the United States would remain key security partners of the European Union despite Brexit and Donald Trump's inauguration as president.
Julian King, picture source: DPA

E.U. Security Commissioner Julian King doesn’t expect Britain’s departure from the European Union and Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. president to have an adverse effect on trans-Atlantic security cooperation.

“I understand from what [Prime Minister] Theresa May has said that her ambition would be that, whatever the process of Brexit, there should be effective cooperation in the future between the U.K. and the E.U. 27 in law enforcement and counter-terrorism,” Mr. King, himself a British citizen, told Handelsblatt in an interview.

Mr. King also seemed confident that the United States and Europe would continue to cooperate closely on security issues, despite President Trump’s overtures to Russia and his vow to pursue an “America first” foreign policy.

“On Trump, I believe in judging people by what they do,” Mr. King said. “A key partner has been, is and will continue to be the United States.”