The spies left out in the cold: the Brexit dilemma for Europe’s intelligence community


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They meet at least every week, and it was at one such occasion at the beginning of this year when officers from Britain’s domestic intelligence agency, MI5, raised with their French opposite numbers from the DGSI (Direction générale de la sécurité intérieure) their fears of seeing the intelligence cooperation between the two countries collapse after the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (EU). The French side, Mediapart has learnt, were reassuring, insisting that whatever the vagaries of diplomatic and political relations after Brexit, the two agencies would continue to work hand in hand.