Post-Brexit Britain Ready to Use ‘Hard Power’

Blanche Robertson
February 13, 2019

He also warned in a speech that the United Kingdom needs a bolder and stronger armed forces prepared to use "hard power".

In a speech to the Royal United Services Institute think tank in London on Monday, Williamson said the 65,000-ton carrier Queen Elizabeth - which was commissioned in late 2017 - would also make appearances in the Mediterranean and Middle East along the way as Britain flexed its military muscles post-Brexit.

Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute, Mr Williamson said Britain must stand up to those who "flout global law".

"I want to see our armed forces embracing transformation at an ever-faster rate, keeping pace with technological change, enhancing our mass and increasing our lethality, " Williamson said.

He said the £3 billion aircraft carrier's first mission is part of "making Global Britain a reality".

To increase the ability to resist those who despise worldwide 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.

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Britain must be ready to use "hard power" against Russian Federation and China, defense chief Gavin Williamson said as London prepares to deploy its largest warship into contested Pacific waters.

"NATO has to develop opportunities to deal with the provocations Russian Federation carries out against us".

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

He said: "More European nations need to be ready and capable of responding to step up to a two percent North Atlantic Treaty Organisation target and not being distracted by the notion of an EU army".

Defending interventionist policy, he will say the cost of failing to act in global crises had often been "unacceptably high", and that Western powers can not "walk on by when others are in need".

The defence secretary said the government is invoking a "Global Britain" mantra which must involve "action to oppose those who flout worldwide law".

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