Security has been beefed up in Rome ahead of EU celebrations on the weekend
The terror attack on London is understood to have led Italian authorities to beef up security for the summit in Rome.
The number of police in attendance has been raised from 3,000 to 5,000, along with 1,000 soldiers – including snipers – and a fleet of Italian air force drones, according to The Times.
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Theresa May will not be attending the EU celebration this weekend as she prepares Britain’s official intent to leave the Brussels bloc.
The London terror attack has reportedly shaken European leaders as Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, warned Britain should not to try to use security co-operation to bargain for better trade deals or divide the 27 other nations.
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Mr Barnier said: “Unity is the first condition for reaching an agreement in the negotiations.
“It is of course in our interest. But it is also— and I want to say this to our British partners — in the UK’s interest. Because, at the end of the day, we will both need — you and us — a united Europe to reach a deal.”
Earlier Mrs May hinted in a speech laying out her Brexit vision that Britain’s strength in security matters could serve as a bargaining chip.
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Clashes have broken out at a protest in Rome, as Italian taxi drivers took to the streets to protest as the Italian Chamber of Deputies votes on the ‘Uber amendment,’ which was passed by the Italian Senate earlier in February.
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Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, revealed a number of EU nations wanted assurances that “British expertise and leadership is not lost” after the country triggers Article 50 as “the UK is a very important partner in the security field”.
It comes as Russia’s president Vladimir Putin called for a unified, international response to defeat terrorism.
He said: “Countering the terrorist threat requires real unification of efforts among all members of the international community.”