UK increases defence spending

Tim Dawson: Brexit will strengthen our military, according to Defence Secretary

Brexit offers us the opportunity to “strengthen our global presence, enhance our lethality and increase our mass,” Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson is expected to say in a speech to the Royal United Services Institute today.

In a wide-ranging speech, Williamson will suggest that building a “global Britain” must mean more than enhancing our trade links – important though that is. He will argue for a Defence capability alive to the challenges of the 21st century and capable of unilateral action if required.

“Our armed forces represent the best of global Britain in action: action to oppose those who flout international law; and action, on occasion, that may lead to us intervene ourselves,” he will say.

The UK’s post-Brexit defence strategy will include tens of millions of extra funding funnelled into cyber defence, as well as continued investment in our conventional forces. He will also argue for a new military base in Asia.

This website has long suggested that negative briefing about Britain’s post-Brexit defence capabilities were nothing more than scare stories from a Remain establishment frightened of opportunity and change.

The United Kingdom is one of five recognised nuclear powers, is a permanent member on the United Nations Security Council, is a founding and leading member of the NATO military alliance, and is party to the Five Power Defence Arrangements.

Overseas garrisons and facilities are maintained at Ascension Island, Bahrain, Belize, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, the Falkland Islands, Germany, Gibraltar, Kenya, Montserrat, Nepal, Qatar, Singapore and the United States. Indeed, the United Kingdom is intrinsic to the defence of the European Union.

A truly independent UK with a renewed defence strategy will contribute not just to our security at home, but the safety and security of our allies too. Brexiteers should welcome Williamson’s speech today.

Tim Dawson is the Editor of Britain’s Future. Follow him on twitter: @tim_r_dawson