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    UK Still Interested in Success of EU Anti-Smuggling Missions After Brexit

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    The United Kingdom will continue to be interested in the success of the European Union's missions aiming to fight against pirates or illegal migration after the country leaves the bloc, UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy said earlier that Britain's national security priorities would not change under the government of Theresa May, who was appointed as prime minister on July 13.

    "I don’t see the British interest in these missions diminishing. Of course we won’t be members of the European Union, we won’t be participating in the same way, but we will certainly have a national interest in the success of those missions, because if they are not successful, our trade and our security and our immigration will be affected," Fallon said as quoted by The Telegraph newspaper Tuesday.

    On June 23, the United Kingdom held a referendum to determine whether or not the country should leave the European Union. According to the final results, 51.9 percent of voters, or 17.4 million people, decided to support Brexit. The results of the voting prompted David Cameron to sign off as the country's prime minister.

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