UK to pull out of major foreign policy arrangement after Brexit
The UK will regain full control over areas like diplomacy, peacekeeping, defence and aid in the early days of any implementation period, the prime minister said.
Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, May also set out proposals for a new treaty between the UK and the EU to enshrine security co-operation - and warned of "damaging" consequences if a deal cannot be struck.
Common policy on foreign and security affairs grew out of the Maastricht Treaty in the wake of the war in Yugoslavia.
The move is likely to please Brexiteers, but May stressed that Britain will continue to work closely with the EU on security and stressed the UK's commitment to protecting Europe from threats is unconditional. ■