Britain trying to go global after Brexit

The British Secretary of Defence has said that Britain needs to ‘recast themselves in a different way’, turning from European to global influence – something they retreated from when turning way from their prior colonies to embrace Europe starting in the 1970s.

The Telegraph:  Britain to become ‘true global player’ post-Brexit with military bases in South East Asia and Caribbean, says Defence Secretary 

Britain will open two new military bases in the Caribbean and South East Asia as the country looks to step up its military presence overseas after Brexit, Gavin Williamson has revealed.

The Defence secretary urges Britons to stop downplaying the country’s influence internationally and recognise that the UK will stand tall on the world stage after leaving the European Union.

In an interview with The Telegraph in his Ministry of Defence office, Mr Williamson says: “We have got to be so much more optimistic about our future as we exit the European Union.

“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.”

New Zealand relied heavily on Britain for export and import trade as a colony and later as a semi-independent country, but were dumped when Britain united with Europe.

We may see some advantages in improving trade with Britain now, but that will only be as one of a number of trading regions and partners, if it gets anywhere.

I don’t know how a greater British military presence will be seen in South East Asia, but that shouldn’t cause us any problems here.


  1. Duker

     /  December 31, 2018

    whos this annatakesasia.
    Colonialism ended 50 years ago in SE Asia, they have moved on, time you did too Anna.What the brits want is trade deals which is next to impossible within the slow and ponderous EU. the other connection, other than colonialism is English…I hear even china is very keen on using it too, just like you Anna

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 31, 2018

      If the UK wants to reestablish old ties, we would want some very firm guarantees that we were not going to be dropped right in it again.

      • Gezza

         /  December 31, 2018

        I doubt we would ever be silly enuf to put all our trading eggs in one basket again – we are getting wary enuf about China.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  January 1, 2019

          I don’t think so, either.

          If they do you once, it’s their fault. If they do you twice, it’s yours.

  2. Pink David

     /  December 31, 2018

    The UK has existing bases across the Caribbean and Asia, It still has significant defense commitments in both regions.

    “deeply scarred by colonialism”

    It must be exhausting to ignore the simple fact that British colonialism left many profound benefits to those counties. Last time I checked, it’s hard to see any long lasting scares in Asia from the British, same in the Caribbean.

    • Duker

       /  December 31, 2018

      yes. Most of those countries have had plenty of time to do their own total screwups.
      the british embassys in those countries are often besieged by locals angling for visas to visit or live in the UK.

      • Pink David

         /  December 31, 2018

        “the british embassys in those countries are often besieged by locals angling for visas to visit or live in the UK.”

        Poe’s law?

    • Gerrit

       /  December 31, 2018

      Was in Barbados a little while back and they have never recovered from the loss of the sugar trade with Britain. It still is a lasting scar.

      So bad that the Mt Gay rum distillery imports all it’s sugar from Queensland. Even at rock bottom overheads the sugar trade will never be reestablished in Barbados.

      Barbados is to the USA east coast what Hawaii is to the USA west coast. A resort island especially along the Atlantic coast.

      Good luck Britain trying to regain a foothold.

      Militarily it is a base for Canada and the USA assets.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 31, 2018

    Seems to me he is talking about changing UK’s focus from Euro domesticity to global independence and self reliance. Entirely properly.

  4. Ray

     /  December 31, 2018

    Poor old brits, still don’t seem to realise just what a f**kup they have created and have willingly dropped themselves into.
    I do not really think any of the ex colonies are going to ask them back, not after the way we were dropped like hot rocks the last two times. And I don’t think they are in a position to out spend China if they want to buy their way back in.
    I was amazed when traveling around the UK a few years ago, the places that used to make things from pencils to battleships no longer seem to do anything!

    • Blazer

       /  December 31, 2018

      fertile ground for some politician to put the ‘great’ back in Gt Britain! 😉

  5. Gezza

     /  December 31, 2018

    It’s a fascinating thing that so many of Britain’s former colonies still choose to remain in the Commonwealth.