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Angela Merkel: I'm not frustrated, just curious over UK's position on Brexit

Angela Merkel: I'm not frustrated, just curious over UK's position on Brexit

The call followed a meeting between MI6 chief Alex Younger, the head of the BND, Bruno Kahl, and the director general of the French DGSE, Bernard Emie, at the Munich Security Conference.

During talks with Angela Merkel on Friday, Mrs May said both sides need to be "bold and ambitious" in framing their future relations.

'We must do whatever is most practical and pragmatic in ensuring our collective security.' Mrs May will set out the vast contribution Britain's policy, security and intelligence agencies now make to protecting lives across the continent.

"Even after the UK's exit from the European Union, close co-operation and cross-border information-sharing must be taken forward on themes such as worldwide terrorism, illegal migration, proliferation and cyber attacks", they said in the statement posted on the German BND intelligence agency's website.

She will urge EU leaders to "safeguard the practical co-operation we have developed and nurtured over decades", while warning of "damaging real world consequences" if leaders reject new forms of co-operation outside the writ of European law.

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And she will warn other European Union countries not to let "ideology" get in the way of a deal.

"Instead of putting on the table concrete goals for the future relationship to the continent, the British government is delaying the process with unclear language", said BDI director general Joachim Lang.

One said: "They are going down the route of mutual recognition".

But she will say the sort of arrangements reached with other countries in areas like trade could be replicated.

"Europe's security is our security", she will tell the conference.

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She will argue the United Kingdom is one of the biggest contributors of data, intelligence and expertise - issuing more than 13,000 alerts on people and objects of interest to law enforcement across Europe in the past year alone.

"So let our message ring out loud and clear today: We will not let that happen".

"We will find other ways of influencing, more informal ways, but they will be less direct, less pronounced and probably less successful than they are now", he said.

Their intervention came as Theresa May was preparing to address the conference with a speech on Saturday, setting out her vision for future security co-operation with the European Union after Britain leaves in March 2019.

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