The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has asked Europe to increase its efforts against terrorism and migration.
UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has confirmed the UK will play a proactive role in tackling security threats across the country.
Fallon said that the UK would work to address challenges ranging from mass migration to cyber-attacks.
Fallon further added: “We’re leaving the EU, not leaving Europe, but it’s in our national interest to strengthen security.
“We’re stepping up our efforts with the Royal Navy in the southern Mediterranean tackling illegal migration, people smuggling and arms trafficking.”
A joint declaration has been signed to enhance maritime and cyber collaboration and step up efforts to counter hybrid attacks.
Fallon added: “Three months on from the EU vote, we’re doing more in the world, not less. Our F35 planes, the world’s most advanced fighter jets, made their debut at the Farnborough Air Show – alongside multi-billion pound investments in attack helicopters and maritime patrol aircraft.
“And in Warsaw at the Nato summit the UK committed 500 troops to Estonia to defend Nato’s eastern flank and pledged to continue transforming the Alliance to meet the challenges both from East and the South.”
Fallon also requested co-operation between the EU and Nato.
Image: Defence Secretary Michael Fallon met with European defence ministers in Bratislava to promote tackling migration and terrorism. Photo: courtesy of British Embassy Slovakia.