Kirkhope: Commission announcement reflects UK's lead security role.

02-Aug-2016 @ 12:30

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Kirkhope: Commission announcement reflects UK's lead security role.

Today's decision by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to name Sir Julian King as EU Commissioner for the Security Union has been welcomed by Conservative Home Affairs spokesman Timothy Kirkhope MEP.

Mr Kirkhope said the appointment reflected the UK's continuing leadership role in security issues, which recently saw the Yorkshire and the Humber MEP pilot the landmark Passenger Name Record directive through the European Parliament. In addition a Briton, Rob Wainwright, is currently Director of Europol.

"We face a global terrorist threat and this announcement sends a strong signal that the security relationship between Britain and the EU will remain of key importance post-Brexit," said Mr Kirkhope.

"Sir Julian's extensive diplomatic experience, including spells working with NATO, the UN Security Council and as Chairman of the EU's Political and Security Committee, make him perfectly suited to fulfil this role."

Sir Julian is currently Britain's ambassador to France. If confirmed in the EU post, he will replace Lord Hill, the former Financial Services Commissioner, who resigned after the Brexit vote.

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