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Kiss the defence of overseas territories Goodbye.


Published Oct 06, 2017

UKIP Defence Spokesman Bill Etheridge MEP is horrified at the latest defence cut plans, which could leave the UK without any amphibious assault ships.

The speculated cuts would see HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion scrapped, leaving the UK no way of attacking a defended beach.
Beach landings were used in the Second World War and, more recently, in retaking the Falkland Islands.
BBC newsnight suggested this was a genuine possibility, along with the loss of 1,000 Marines, allowing crew to be redeployed to the two new aircraft carriers.
An MoD spokesman refused an outright denial, saying “In the face of ever-changing threats, we are contributing to the cross-government review of national security capabilities and looking at how we best spend our rising defence budget to support that. 
No decisions have yet been made and at this stage, any discussion of the options is pure speculation.”
Mr Etheridge said “If this were to happen we would be unable to retake the Falklands or any other overseas territory in the event of a hostile occupation.
Tensions remain over the Falklands and Gibraltar and to disarm our amphibious capability in this way would give any enemies the knowledge that a swift occupation could not be reversed.
The UK might just as well kiss the defence of overseas territories goodbye.
"A government's first duty is to defend its people. This government is failing them in a way that is shameful."

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