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UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has evoked controversy by suggesting Britain take aggressive steps toward a post-Brexit expansion as a "global player" all the while waxing nostalgic about the glory days of the world-wide British Empire during a weekend interview with the Sunday Telegraph. This included floating the idea of establishing UK bases in the Caribbean and Asia, and vowing to build at least two foreign bases “in a couple of years.”
"This is our biggest moment as a nation since the end of the Second World War, when we can recast ourselves in a different way, we can actually play the role on the world stage that the world expects us to play," the British Conservative MP and Secretary of State for Defence said. "For so long — literally for decades — so much of our national view point has actually been colored by a discussion about the European Union."
And while discussing future military bases abroad, he said:
This is our moment to be that true global player once more - and I think the Armed Forces play a really important role as part of that.
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The 42-year old Williamson, in his second year as Defence Secretary, added of the post-Brexit future that, “We have got to be so much more optimistic about our future as we exit the European Union.”
Suggesting a reversal of policies active during the final decades of the decline of the British Empire, he said under his watch the 1960s policy of pulling back from areas “east of Suez” has been scrapped and expressed...
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