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May warns EU against blocking post-Brexit security deal

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LONDON, U.K. - Calling for a new security treaty with the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday that a deal should be up and running next year.

She stressed that a new security deal will ensure military, intelligence and counter-terrorism cooperation after London leaves the bloc.

Addressing top European and U.S. officials at the Munich Security Conference, May said, “The key aspects of our future partnership in this area will already be effective from 2019. The partnership that we need to create is one that offers U.K. and EU way to combine our efforts to greatest effect where this is in our shared interest.”

Urging the EU not to block a security deal, May warned that public safety will suffer if they allow "political doctrine and ideology" to hamper post-Brexit security arrangements.

At the Munich Security Conference, May said she wants a new partnership of unprecedented "depth and breadth" when the U.K. leaves the EU anf urged countries to show "real political will.”

Meanwhile, May, who also held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, said both sides need to be "bold and ambitious" in framing their future relations.

Merkel meanwhile said that while the U.K. could not replicate its existing membership outside the EU, she wanted relations to be "as close as possible.”

Currently, EU member states are working closely in the fight against organized crime and terrorism.

According to the U.K., while the legal framework for its membership of these arrangements will end when it leaves the EU in March 2019, it wants to draw up new working arrangements.

The country’s leaders have described that the new security deal would be "as close to the status quo as possible.”

May said in her speech that the arrest of suspected terrorists and operations against people traffickers were examples of the benefits of cooperation across borders.

She warned other EU countries not to let "ideology" get in the way of a deal.

She added, "This cannot be a time when any of us allow competition between partners, rigid institutional restrictions or deep-seated ideology to inhibit our co-operation and jeopardise the security of our citizens. We must do whatever is most practical and pragmatic in ensuring our collective security."

She explained, “If the priority in the negotiations becomes avoiding any kind of new co-operation with a country outside the EU, then this political doctrine and ideology will have damaging real world consequences for the security of all our people, in the U.K. and the EU. As leaders, we cannot let that happen."

However, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said on Saturday that Britain and the European Union should resolve trade and other issues related to Britain’s exit from the bloc separately from discussions about a security pact with the U.K.

Juncker told the annual Munich Security Conference, “We need a security alliance between the U.K. and the EU, but we can’t mix that question up with other questions relating to Brexit. I wouldn’t like to put security policy considerations with trade policy considerations in one hat. I understand why some would like to do that, but we don’t want to.”

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