Post-Brexit Britain ready to use "hard power"

Sergio Conner
February 13, 2019

The United Kingdom will deploy its new aircraft carrier, loaded with two squadrons of F-35 aircraft into the politically-fraught South China Sea.

"Since the new global great game will be played on a global playing field, we must be prepared compete for our interests and our values far, far from home", Williamson said.

Gavin Williamson will warn in a speech that Britain must stand up to those who "flout worldwide law".

"And action, on occasion, that may lead us to have to intervene alone, " he said.

We have to be ready to show the high price of aggressive behavior, ready to strengthen our resilience.

He added: "To talk but fail to act risks our nation being seen as little more than a paper tiger".

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Williamson added that North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries should step up and pay their 2 percent share of spending, while European countries must "not be distracted by the notion of an EU army".

The report said Williamson will highlight close military ties between Washington and London and will support U.S. President Donald Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to increase military spending in the face of what he called Russian provocations.

"Such action from Russian Federation must come at a cost", Williamson will say in the speech, extracts of which were seen by Reuters. "As uncertainty grows, we must be ready to act and bring others with us".

The £3 billion ($3.9 billion) carrier's outing will also sail into the Middle East and Mediterranean and will be officially a mixed U.K./U.S. deployment.

"Our adversaries are increasingly using cyber-attacks, subversion and information operations to challenge us and the rules-based worldwide order", he added.

Campaign Against Arms Trade has responded to a speech "Defence in Global Britain" by the Secretary of State for Defence, Gavin Williamson in which he spoke about the need for "hard power to support our global interests" and increased "lethality".

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