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Defense chief says UK will have to work harder after Brexit

FILE - This is a Saturday, June 4, 2016  file photo of British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon as he attends the 15th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, or IISS, Asia Security Summit  in Singapore. Michael Fallon said Monday July 18, 2016 that Britain will have to work harder to maintain its military and political influence on the global stage after it leaves the European Union.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

FILE - This is a Saturday, June 4, 2016 file photo of British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon as he attends the 15th International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-la Dialogue, or IISS, Asia Security Summit in Singapore. Michael Fallon said Monday July 18, 2016 that Britain will have to work harder to maintain its military and political influence on the global stage after it leaves the European Union.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)  (The Associated Press)

Defense Secretary Michael Fallon says Britain will have to work harder to maintain its influence on the global stage after its decision to leave the European Union.

Fallon said Monday Britain's vote to leave the EU will force it to spend time developing bilateral relationships and strengthening existing alliances.

"We'll do more in NATO to compensate, we'll work harder at the key alliances within NATO, the United States but also France, and we have already signaled our intention to do more with Germany," he told several U.S. reporters before a long-planned trip to Washington to deal with counter-terrorism strategy. "We'll do more financially."

The defense secretary said he has set up a small working group to study exit-related defense issues, including the future of EU missions Britain is participating in.