EU set to shut UK, US out of defence fund reports: “The European Union will on Wednesday present its new 13-billion-euro defence fund, but conditions for taking part will shut out ‘third countries’ including post-Brexit Britain and the United States, officials have told AFP.

The European Defence Fund (EDF) is a major plank of the bloc’s strategy to boost its ability to guarantee its own security, as it frets about the threat from Russia and the United States’ apparent ambivalence under President Donald Trump.

The money it offers for research and development when it starts in 2021 will only be available to EU member states — not Britain, which will have left by then, and not the United States…”

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