Boris Johnson will announce on Thursday an additional investment of 20 billion francs in Defense of an unparalleled amount for 30 years.
In an international situation “more perilous” and “intensely competitive” than ever since the Cold War, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to announce on Thursday an investment in Defense of an amount unmatched for 30 years, notably with a command spatial.
The head of the Conservative government will announce Thursday to MPs an additional investment of 16.5 billion pounds sterling (20 billion francs) in four years compared to his electoral program, or according to forecasts 24.1 billion pounds (29 billion francs) over four additional years compared to last year’s budget (38 billion pounds, 46 billion francs) according to a press release Wednesday.
Isolating himself after contact with a deputy who tested positive for the new coronavirus, Boris Johnson is expected to address Parliament by video-conference, as he already did on Wednesday for the weekly question session. The country will thus strengthen the position of the United Kingdom as the country in Europe which spends the most in terms of defense and the second in NATO, specifies the text.
“Investing in cutting-edge technologies”
“I made this decision in the heart of the pandemic” of new coronavirus “because the defense of the Kingdom must come first,” said Boris Johnson, quoted in the statement. “The international situation is more perilous and intensely competitive than ever since the Cold War and Britain must be true to its history and stand alongside its allies,” he added, noting the opportunity for the country to put an end to an “era of withdrawal”, “to strengthen its influence in the world”, “to be a pioneer in new technologies and defend our country and our way of life”.
This commitment will allow the UK to “invest in cutting edge technology” according to Downing Street and the Prime Minister is to announce “a new agency dedicated to artificial intelligence” and the creation of a force against computer attacks and a “New space command capable of launching our first rocket in 2022”. All of these projects will create up to 10,000 jobs per year, says the government.
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