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The UK needs a bolder and stronger armed forces prepared to use "hard power" or risk being seen as a "paper tiger", the defence secretary will say. Gavin Williamson will warn in a speech that Britain must stand up to those who "flout international law". He will also say that the UK has its "greatest opportunity" to redefine its position on the world stage after Brexit. Labour said the military had been "completely undermined" by Tory cuts. Speaking at the Royal United Services Institute on Monday, Mr Williamson will unveil plans to modernise the armed forces, and say it must increase its "mass and lethality". He will also confirm the Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth i... Vollständiger Text

11 Februar