The United Kingdom pledged to end the "era of retreat" by announcing the biggest military investment since the end of the Cold War, despite the coronavirus crisis pummelling the economy, as it seeks to define its post-Brexit role on the world stage.
Johnson said the increased spending reflected the need to upgrade military capabilities, including pioneering new technology with plans for a new space command and artificial intelligence agency.
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". Johnson said the armed forces will receive an additional 16.5 billion pounds ($21 billion) over and above the government's earlier plans.
Mr Johnson told MPs that the UK's defence budget had been "trimmed and cheese-pared" for decades and that he had "decided that the era of cutting our defence budget must end, and it ends now".
The UK, as one of the leading military powers in the European Union, has always been the main ally of the United States in the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. China, on the other hand, possesses an unstoppable economic and military force, while President Donald Trump's has cast doubt on USA support for traditional allies.More news: Kylie Cosmetics debuts Grinch-inspired collection, credits daughter Stormi for this idea
"This is the government saying just because we have Brexit it doesn't mean we are not a strong alliance player and punching above our weight as we have done for decades", Chalmers told Reuters.
The military spending announcement comes a week after Johnson promised USA president-elect Joe Biden that Britain was determined to remain a valuable military ally. President-elect Joe Biden that Britain was determined to remain a valuable military ally.
The government said the increased military spending will cement the UK's position as the largest defence spender in Europe, the second-largest in North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and allow increased investment in areas such as cyberspace and space. And a "space command" capable of launching the UK's first rocket by 2022 is also envisioned.
Around 10,000 jobs could be created in the nuclear industry through the development of "the next generation of small and advanced reactors", Johnson is to announce.
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Defence of the realm is the first duty of government.
Almost £500 million to be spent in the next four years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries, as part of our commitment to provide up to £1 billion, boosting worldwide investment into our strong manufacturing bases including in the Midlands and North East.
But with Britain's finances under severe strain from the coronavirus pandemic, the government indicated it is likely to raid the legally enshrined budget for overseas aid to pay for other priorities.
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