Post-Brexit Britain ready to use 'hard power'

Clay Curtis
February 13, 2019

"A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality, and increase our mass", Williamson will say.

Speaking at Royal United Services Institute, he added that China is also developing its modern capability and commercial power, according to the BBC.

He said they would be able to respond "at a moment's notice" to support the Royal Marines.

The carrier will take part in the mission along with F-35 jets from the United Kingdom and US.

China has laid claim to most of the South China Sea, which is used by several countries, including the USA, as an important shipping lane.

Williamson also said the country's cyber forces will be reinforced to defend and launch attacks.

Britain's defense minister says the country should bolster its military capabilities after Brexit and warned that Russian Federation should be aware that actions deemed unacceptable by the West will "come at a cost", according to a text seen by Reuters.

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Williamson will also highlight US-UK military relations while echoing Trump's call for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries to increase their spending, citing a need to better handle what Williamson calls Russian provocations.

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

"The price of non-intervention in global crises has often been unacceptably high", he said.

The spokesman said the ship would only be ready to sail in 2021 and its first operational mission would include the Mediterranean, Middle East and Pacific regions.

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

The UK needs to strengthen its "lethality" and must be ready to "use hard power" to uphold it interests against nations like Russian Federation and China, Secretary of State for Defense Gavin Williamson said on Monday.

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