“Among the measures” put in place to protect our rights as an independent coastal state are several patrol vessels in military and maritime institutions that are used to provide physical presence, resistance and inspection capability, “the ministry said in a statement.
The four offshore patrol vessels will be “available for patrolling in UK waters to assist other government departments where needed,” the ministry said.
The move comes as the Brexit talks between Britain and the European Union enter a crucial 48-hour period, with both sides skeptical about reaching an agreement before Sunday’s deadline.
“The MOD has carried out extensive planning and preparations to ensure that defense is ready for a wide range of scenarios by the end of the transition period,” a UK Defense Ministry spokesman said on Saturday.
“This preparation includes a standby package of 14,000 personnel, we are ready to support other government departments and authorities during the winter, including the EU transition, Kovid-19 and severe weather events,” the spokesman said.
Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Cavzinsky have called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to protect UK waters from “illegal French fishing” in the case of the non-agreement Berksit.
“If there is no agreement with the EU on Sunday, we need full assurances from Boris Johnson that we will deploy British navies from January 1 to prevent illegal French fishing in our waters,” Kowjinski said in a tweet on Friday.
Johnson said Friday he was hopeful a deal would be struck, but the scenario was more than likely.
“We are hopeful that progress can be made, but I have to tell you, I’m standing here in Blythe now, it’s very much looking, we have to go for a solution that I think is great for the UK.
“It’s different from what we set out to achieve, but I have no doubt that this country can be ready and come out in terms of world trade.”
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