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Andrew Parker, head of the UK’s secret service MI5, has called for the UK and European Union to form a, “close security partnership after Brexit to foil Islamic State militant attacks and counter Russia’s malign attempts to subvert Western democracies.”
According to an article on Reuters on 14 May 2018, Parker said, “In today’s uncertain world, we need shared strength more than ever.”
He stated that 12 plots had been prevented since the Westminster attack, meaning a total of 25 attacks had been disrupted since 2013, and praised the work of the Counter Terrorism Group (CTG), which includes all 28 EU member states, as well as Switzerland and Norway for its work.
In addition to threats from the Islamic State, Parker also accused Russia of carrying out, “aggressive and pernicious actions,” and “flagrant breaches of international rules”, citing the attack on former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter on 4 March as an example of Russia’s “malign activities.”