THERESA May was forced to defend her Global Britain vision after it emerged ALL the Royal Navy’s battleships are unable to leave UK waters.
The PM was grilled by MPs on the embarrassing revelation about all 19 of the senior service’s frigates and destroyers.
For the first time in decades, the surface fleet are either broken down or under maintenance.
And one, HMS St Albans, is on duty protecting home waters.
Foreign Affairs committee chairman Tom Tugendhat told the PM the ships’ state was “a matter of concern” when she appeared in front of the Liaison Committee.
It came just a day after National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill told another committee of MPs that it was vital after Brexit for Britain to boost its “prestige” on the world stage.
Mrs May hit back to insist the Royal Navy, Army and RAF were deployed on a series of operations in the Mediterranean, Middle East, and the Caribbean.
The PM argued: “Look at what we’re doing around the world.
“People see a UK around the world playing its role”.
Admirals have insisted the navy being confined to UK waters was a direct result of withering MoD budget cuts over years.
Mr Tugendhat added last night: “Losing votes in the UN – and failing to get a British Judge on the ICJ – shows that prestige matters.
“Warships are part of building that so that people know we are friends to rely on.
“For Global Britain to succeed we need to invest in all our capabilities.”
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