“These plans are part of an effort to make Britain a real global player, increasing the country’s role in the international arena after it leaves the European Union. We need to clearly explain that Britain is again a global nation,” said Williamson.
He did not elaborate.
The minister predicts that after Britain’s withdrawal from the EU “the political focus will shift quite dramatically” and Britain should deepen relations with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Caribbean, as well as African countries.
Williamson called the plan of action of the British government concerning unforeseen circumstances in case of chaotic Brexit, providing transfer of 3500 military men to a state of alert, “good reasonable planning”.
Britain already has bases in Cyprus, Gibraltar, the Falkland Islands and Diego Garcia island. In 1968, Great Britain left military bases in Southeast Asia and the Persian Gulf.
You may well wonder just how we will be defending these islands from the Caribian and Southeast Asia particularly as we don’t have the ships to do so
Meanwhile Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is under pressure to explain awarding a £14m contract for shipping goods after Brexit to a new ferry company that has yet to secure any vessels. The transport secretary announced on Christmas Eve that the government had awarded £103m of contracts to three companies to carry vital supplies into the UK if it left the EU without a deal. The largest contracts went to Brittany Ferries of France, worth £46.6m, and DFDS of Denmark, a contract worth €47.3m. But the smallest contract was won by Seaborne Freight, a business started only two years ago that has never operated a ferry route. The group, which is run by executives from across the industry, plans to charter two ships by the end of March despite local protesters saying the company will not be ready in time, its chief executive told the Financial Times. Although the company has yet to procure any ships, chief executive Ben Sharp said the business had “opportunities on a number of vessels”, and already had contracts with both Ramsgate in Kent and Ostend in Belgium.
We don’t want to fight but by Jingo if we do
We’ve got the ships, we’ve got the men, we’ve got the money too
We’ve fought the Bear before, and while we’re Britons true
The Russians shall not have Constantinople.
Only we don’t have the ships or the men , and we are unlikely to rebuild the British Empire despite the ridiculous ambition of some Brexiters represented by Gavin Willamson who recently sent A Royal Navy ship to Ukraine claiming that it will send a strong message to Russian President Vladimir Putin,