Defence secretary Gavin Williamson will this morning crank up his military rhetoric, saying Britain cannot be seen as a “paper tiger” and must be ready to take action against countries that “flout international law”.
The more aggressive tone, which comes ahead of the UK striking out on its own outside the European Union, will be marked by Williamson announcing the deployment of the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to the Pacific.
The vessel will also carry two squadrons of British and US F-35 jets.
The cabinet minister is to argue Britain should redefine itself as a global power after Brexit, and consider how to “maximise our influence around the world in the months and years to come”.
“Brexit has brought us to a great moment in our history. A moment when we must strengthen our global presence, enhance