Post-Brexit Britain ready to use "hard power"

Defence Secretary speech

Defence Secretary speech

In a speech outlining the government's vision for the future of the Britain's armed forces and how the United Kingdom can forge a place for itself on the world stage after leaving the European Union, the defence secretary said countries like Russian Federation and China have "blurred" the boundaries between peace and war.

The HMS Queen Elizabeth, Britain's largest warship, is slated to head to the Pacific region, U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said Monday.

"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. "This is the moment when we must strengthen our global presence, increase the lethality of our weapons and a specific weight", intends to declare the Minister.

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

The defence secretary won an extra £1.8bn for defence in the last budget.

British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson said Russian Federation should pay a high price for its provocative behavior, as Reuters reported.

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".

"The idea that our membership of the European Union restricts us is the purest nonsense", Labour MP Chris Leslie said.

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

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".

"Instead of simply engaging in yet more sabre-rattling, Gavin Williamson should get to grips with the crisis in defence funding that is happening on his watch".

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