UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to outline an “ambition” to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent of Britain’s gross domestic product.
UK’s Sunak boosts defence spending to silence critics
In an update to Britain’s foreign policy framework, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will spend an extra five billion pounds ($A9.1 billion) to replenish ammunition stocks and fund the next phase of a submarine pact with the United States and Australia.
With his government unveiling the update to Britain’s national security and international policy, Sunak, on a visit to the US, will also set out an “ambition” to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent of gross domestic product in the longer term.
Sunak hailed the move as a way “to ensure we are never again vulnerable to the actions of a hostile power”, but his offer of five billion pounds is less than half of what some in his governing Conservative Party say is needed to be able to support Ukraine against Russia, while not leaving Britain vulnerable.
He said his previous increases in defence spending showed he was a man of his word, and described the new commitments as a “strong and positive statement”.