Earlier today (19 November), the Prime Minister (PM) gave a Statement to the House of Commons to give an update on the Government’s Integrated Review of foreign, defence, security and development policy.
The Integrated Review is the largest of its kind ever undertaken – covering not only defence but also our foreign policy and security. The PM advised the Government will make the largest investment in our nation’s defence since the end of the Cold War. Over the next four years the Government will invest an additional £24.1 billion. This will help create 10,000 new jobs a year, revitalise British shipbuilding and ensure that the United Kingdom is a global, outward-looking nation now we have left the European Union.
Rt Hon Sir David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford and Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party, warmly welcomed the measures in the House of Commons chamber, and asked the PM:
I strongly welcome and support my right hon. Friend’s statement. We live in difficult times, but, as he states, the defence of the realm must always remain a top priority. The announcement will be warmly welcomed by so many British businesses who rely heavily on our defence industry. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that this will safeguard jobs, helping us to build back and level up opportunity across our nation?
The PM responded:
My right hon. Friend is completely right. We will use this defence package and spending review not just to modernise and update our armed forces in a truly revolutionary way but to drive jobs across the whole of the UK. It is a very exciting prospect.