EU freezes UK out of £11bn sat­nav pro­ject

Daily Mail - - News - By Mario Led­with Brus­sels Correspondent

BRUS­SELS last night threw out Theresa May’s re­quest for Bri­tain to re­main tied to the bloc’s se­cu­rity pro­grammes.

The EU said the UK could not have full ac­cess to its £9bil­lion Galileo satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem. It also laid out plans to cut Bri­tain out of an £11.5bil­lion de­fence fund UK min­is­ters that wanted to be in.

David Davis warned on Mon­day that the EU was ‘shoot­ing it­self in the foot’ by try­ing to limit fu­ture se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion. The Brexit Sec­re­tary said this risked the safety of the en­tire con­ti­nent.

De­spite the warn­ings, and con­cerns be­ing raised in some cap­i­tals, diplo­mats from the bloc’s 27 re­main­ing mem­ber states have de­cided to back the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion’s ag­gres­sive po­si­tion. Brus­sels has de­cided the UK should not be given full ac­cess to clas­si­fied as­pects of the Galileo sys­tem that the Bri­tish mil­i­tary wishes to use.

Devel­oped as a ri­val to the US’s GPS, it has re­ceived around £1bil­lion in fund­ing from the UK and has re­lied on tech­nol­ogy devel­oped here. Bri­tish min­is­ters have threat­ened to set up a ri­val sys­tem.

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