Post-Brexit UK ready to use ‘hard power’

13 February, 2019, 15:58 | Author: Sheila Harris
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"And we are seeking to use our global capabilities to strengthen our global presence", William said in his remarks.

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute in London, Williamson said the U.K. also planned to open bases in Asia and the Caribbean region.

British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson confirmed in a speech Monday morning that the Royal Navy's HMS Queen Elizabeth will sail into waters that are the subject of dispute between China and other nations.

Over the last five years China has rapidly built artificial islands housing significant military infrastructure on what had been low-lying reefs.

To increase the ability to resist those who despise global law, the defense secretary proposed plans to modernize and boost combat capability of the British armed forces, including investment in the Royal fleet and rapid reaction forces, cyber forces, as well as "swarm squadrons" of drones, aimed to to overwhelm enemy air defenses.

Marijuana smokers found a caged tiger in abandoned house, police say
The animal was be taken to an animal shelter temporarily before being moved to a permanent home. "They can be extremely risky ". Cottingham said the tiger, which she's calling Danielle, seemed fairly healthy, albeit a bit thirsty.

Britain should use Brexit as a springboard to "maximise our influence around the world" and strengthen a close alliance with the USA amid security threats from Russian Federation and China, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

He told those gathered for his speech that "state-on-state competition was reviving".

"Such action from Russian Federation must come at a cost", Williamson will say in the speech, extracts of which were seen by Reuters. "Ready to strengthen our resilience", he said.

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

He said the United Kingdom would build new alliances and rekindle old ones, and shared his belief that Britain "should be the nation that people turn to when the world needs leadership".

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