In relation to the European Union, and the Hope and Vision for it, which we had but remains unfulfilled; our departure from the EU raises issues about what our future relationship will be, especially as there seems no desire by the core members of the EU and the Eurozone to reform their institutions. Our two areas of concern are the future of Gibraltar and the continuance of the special relationship with the Republic of Ireland through the British + Irish Council and the Common Travel Area. The threats arise from the EU failing to recognise the special status of Ireland by virtue of the Republic being a member of the CTA and of the EU.
The current situation faced by the RN is reminiscent to that when King William III ascended the throne; neglected and underfunded. His ambition was to rebuild the Navy to a position of pre-eminence; his problem was the lack of funds. His solution was to borrow the money and thereby created the Bank of England and the National Debt, which are still with us. It has been mooted that our current Debt is the equivalent of the cost of all the wars fought since. There was a consequence arising from the building programme, the oak forests of Britain and Ireland were laid waste. The construction of ships was a massive enterprise that stimulated the economy and did lead to the industrial revolution. Britannia really did rule the waves as the RN won control of the seas. Control of the seas resulted in control of the world and the British Empire. Our modern desires for the RN are less ambitious and relatively less costly. We merely want to save the RN.