Boris Johnson has paved the way for big increases in defence spending after he launched the widest review since the Cold War. The Prime Minister’s report on the Government’s foreign, development and security policies is designed to boost the UK post-Brexit. Insiders said the review would cover all aspects of the UK’s place in the world – its diplomats, armed forces and spies. The move would “challenge traditional Whitehall assumptions and thinking” in Mr Johnson’s latest attempt to revolutionise government. But No 10 was keen to distance it from controversial chief aide Dominic Cummings – revealing it would be led by a senior civil servant. The review will keep the UK’s commitment of 2% of GDP to defence and 0.7% of national income to international development. A Downing Street source suggested that, unlike the 2015 review, it would not have to be “cost neutral” raising the possibility of the Government spending billions more on promoting Britain overseas after Brexit . It was unclear where the extra money would come from but the review will run parallel to the Comprehensive Spending Review and is expected to deliver its main conclusions alongside it in the autumn. But the review heralds a clash… Read full this story
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