Armed Forces 'stand ready' to help deal with migrant boat crisis

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has insisted that the British Armed Forces “stand ready” to assist the Home Office in dealing with the rising number of illegal migrants crossing from France to England.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Williamson was clear: “We have not had any requests as yet but if the Home Office is in need of Armed Forces support then our Navy, Air Force and Army stand ready to assist.

“Our military is always willing to help civil authorities as we did in Salisbury this year and will continue to do so as and when required.”

In a wide-ranging interview he also revealed that post-Brexit, Britain will open up additional military bases across the world and said: “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.

“For so long – literally for decades – so much of our national view point has actually been coloured by a discussion about the European Union.

“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.”

It is great to see a senior politician actually talk up Britain’s Brexit future and the huge opportunities that lie ahead.

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As for the unfolding crisis that is seeing illegal migrants breaking into Britain by boat, the time to draft in the military to help stop the crossings has surely come.