LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will always be a “tier one” military power, defence secretary Gavin Williamson said on Tuesday.
In June, Prime Minister Theresa May said a report that she had questioned the United Kingdom’s status as a “tier one” military power was incorrect. But when asked directly she declined to repeat the phrase, saying only that she wanted Britain to be a “leading defence nation.”
“Britain is a major global actor, we have always been a tier one military power and we always will be a tier one military power,” Williamson told the Atlantic Council think tank in Washington.
Reporting by Kate Holton, Writing by Kylie MacLellan