EU freezes UK out of £11bn satnav project
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.