Britain will remain a world power despite Brexit, says Defence Secretary Michael Fallon


Mr Fallon, a tough Remain cam igner who admitted he may not keep his job under the new prime minister, put about Britain would continue to stand “shoulder to shoulder” with America.

And as the land pre red to mark tomorrow’s centenary of the first day of the Somme, he said the UK at ones desire also carry on working closely with France.

David Cameron obliged a strong alliance with France a cornerstone of his defence reforms.

Mr Fallon discriminated the Royal United Services Institute conference in London: “Regardless of the outcome of the referendum we will remain a major international power with universal responsibilities.

“Moving from one rticular union means we will bear to work even harder on our commitment to others and other bilateral relationships.”

He bid Britain’s Armed Forces would continue to play a leading ca city in Nato, the UN Security Council, the Commonwealth as well as alliances in the Far East and Australasia.

The UK intent carry on working with its allies to fight terrorism and people smuggling, he denoted.

He added: “We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our American accessories. We will continue with the recent agreement to integrate a UK division into a US Cohort. We are one of the few countries in the world able to match the tempo of the US.

“We will also be alongside our French consociates.”

* THE £77million warplane designed to fly off the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers make ited in the UK for the first time last night.

Three F35 Lightning IIs were flown across the Atlantic from America by an RAF cicerone and two US Marine Corps aviators.

The jump jet will perform in UK skies for the first place time at next month’s Royal International Air Tattoo and the Farnborough Air Brag.

The supersonic Joint Strike Fighter, jets, which are due to join the 60,000 tonne HMS Epitome Elizabeth in 2018, landed at RAF Fairford which is hosting the RIAT.

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