What would happen if the UK had no armed forces?
Well we’d drop out of NATO, so our NATO allies wouldn’t protect us. Seeing as we don’t have any massive oil deposits or other in demand natural resources I can’t imagine anyone else wanting to “help” us like the West has done in the Middle East.
Interesting question though, why would anyone want to invade the UK nowadays?Posted 9 months agojimdubleyouSubscriber
or would its allies fight to keep it safe?
AIUI, almost all our treaties are mutual protection.
If we are unable to offer any assistance, were our allies to be invaded, why would they offer us the same protection?
And who would be the first to invade? Probably the Norwegians or the French –Posted 9 months ago
they’ve both had previous successes!
Not much in terms of invasion/aggression
I think the days of nations completely conquering other nations is a thing of the past – in europe anywayPosted 9 months ago
Many nations in europe are of a size militarily where they could be easily invaded by a larger nation but its not a real risk and it would not be for us
Our allies may fight it would depend who the aggressor was – north korea yes the USA not likely. Who would invade us and why – lichtenstein has no army but its not on a wish list because of this/
never going to happen though [ the invasion nor the no armed forces].wobbliscottMember
We would have no power or influence in the world. People like to say ‘negotiation’ is the key, but nobody will negotiate unless you have something to back yourself up. Why do you think we’re so desperate to continue with a nuclear deterrent and other nations are so keen to get nukes? Its to increase their power and influence in the world.
It’d be no fun being an irrelevant nation relying on the kindness of other nations to look after us. Why should they? Why should other nations deploy troops to support us? We only have allies in the world due to mutual benefit. and our military protects our interests and provides that stability and security so others can take us seriously. It is of utmost importance for a trading nation.
Forget Spain being our nice friendly allies. Spain would have already invaded Gibraltar militarily if it wasn’t for our military. A work colleague of mine is ex-forces and was stationed in Gibraltar when the Falklands kicked off to do just that as part of an increased deployment there to prevent a military invasion whilst our attentions and resources were focussed elsewhere, such was the certainly that Spain would take advantage and invade.
And given that the prime purpose of the government is to guarantee the safety and security of the nation and the people, how could they do that without a serious military force?Posted 9 months agohowsyourdad1Subscriber
Great article on this from (yikes!) 7 years ago.¨
” We can only meet realistic threats. We do not build 1,000 NHS hospitals and leave them to await the return of bubonic plague.”
” Some taxes are an insurance against future risk, such as being ill or having a sick relative. But they are usually subject to some actuarial assessment of the risk. Defence spending is insurance of a different order. We make no actuarial calculation of the risk of British citizens dying in a military attack or of British property being destroyed. Yet we are required to part with a premium of £45bn a year to prevent it. Why? “Posted 9 months agodragonMember
as a world power, we are now a non entity.
I don’t think so, how many other countries in the world can send a fairly substantial expeditionary force to anywhere at a moments notice, backed up by a nuclear threat and almost global Signet coverage. Sure we aren’t the USA, Russia etc. but to think we are a non-entity is wildly wrong.
Why wouldn’t you invade? the UK is in a very strategic position between the Atlantic and mainland Europe, and with strategic assets around the globe. Look it isn’t going to happen anytime soon (or ever), but if we had no defence but a few farmers with pitch forks, then it could become a real threat.Posted 9 months agophiljuniorMember
A work colleague of mine is ex-forces and was stationed in Gibraltar when the Falklands kicked off to do just that as part of an increased deployment there to prevent a military invasion whilst our attentions and resources were focussed elsewhere, such was the certainly that Spain would take advantage and invade.
And yet Spain never did attempt to invade…Posted 9 months ago
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