The UK needs a bolder and stronger armed forces prepared to use “hard power” or risk being seen as a “paper tiger”, the defence secretary will say.

Gavin Williamson will warn in a speech that Britain must stand up to those who “flout international law”.

He will also say that the UK has its “greatest opportunity” to redefine its position on the world stage after Brexit.

Labour said the military had been “completely undermined” by

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