Gavin Williamson: UK May Establish Bases In Far East And Caribbean Post Brexit

Posted on January 1, 2019

The Defence Secretary says the UK could establish new military bases in the Caribbean and the Far East. Gavin Williamson has told the Sunday Telegraph it would allow Britain to become a “true global player” following Brexit.

Mr Williamson said: “I am very much looking at how we can get as much of our resources forward based, actually creating a deterrent but also taking a British presence.

“We are looking at those opportunities not just in the Far East but also in the Caribbean as well.”  But he declined to identify possible locations. He said he expected a dramatic shift in political focus after Brexit – with the UK building deeper relationships with Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Caribbean states and nations across Africa. Mr Williamson predicted these countries would look to the UK for “the moral leadership, the military leadership and the global leadership”. He said Britain should be “much more optimistic about our future as we exit the European Union”.

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