Britain announces biggest military investment in 30 years

  • Britain announces biggest military investment in 30 years

Britain announces biggest military investment in 30 years

After formally leaving the European Union in January, it will end the 11-month Brexit transition period at the end of the year and begin a new era in global trade and relations.

Prime Minister Johnson announced he will increase his country's military budget by $22 billion to establish a new space command and an artificial intelligence agency.

. "In Glasgow and South Belfast, Appledore and Birkenhead", the Prime Minister said.

Britain's main opposition Labour's Party said the increase was long overdue after the ruling Conservative government had cut the size of the armed forces by a quarter in the last decade.

"Based on our assessment of the worldwide situation and our foreign policy goals, I have decided that the era of cutting our defense budget must end, and it ends now", he said.

"Since the Cold War the threat from our adversaries has been evolving".

The investments, which come over the course of four years are expected to generate up to 10,000 new jobs for the UK.

"This will spur a renaissance of British shipbuilding across the UK".

USA acting defense secretary Christopher C. Miller said the United States "applauds the announcement", which he said would allow the British military to "continue to be one of the finest fighting forces in the world". Some in government have argued for a reduction in the commitment to maintain aid spending at 0.7% of national income to 0.5%, which could free up billions of dollars for use elsewhere.

New frigates and other vessels would "restore Britain's position as the foremost naval power in Europe", Johnson said, while "illuminating the benefits of the (UK) union in the white light of the arc welder's torch".

"It bears absolutely no relation to discussions about overseas aid", he said. The defence budget is now just under £42 billion a year.

Anti-poverty campaigners urged the government to not backtrack on commitments it made to the developing world.

"I was responsible for this budget in Whitehall, and there is no doubt that this decision will lead to tens of thousands of otherwise preventable deaths - perhaps as many as 100,000, mainly children, whose lives would have been saved by United Kingdom aid".

"I have done this in the teeth of the pandemic, amid every other demand on our resources, because the defence of the realm and the safety of the British people must come first". Johnson said the armed forces will receive an additional 16.5 billion pounds ($21 billion) over and above the government's earlier plans.