Brexit, a time bomb in the hands of Boris Johnson

After the defeat of the main champion of Brexit, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, the United Kingdom is heading towards an uncertain scenario, whose lack of definition harms the entire European Union. Boris Johnson’s populism has focused its efforts on bogging down the bargaining ground until it becomes impracticable, and as a result, the December 31 date is approaching without a substantial deal on disengagement.

There are just weeks of negotiation before the spring of ‘Hard Brexit’ is activated, a de facto disconnection in which there would be many important issues to be resolved. Boris Johnson’s negotiating team has preferred to play with the threat of the abyss, even though it would harm both the UK and the European Union. It is the only hope to achieve a profitable pact for the British side, whose economy has just starred in the worst disaster in the last 300 years.

Competition between British and community companies, dispute resolution mechanisms, fisheries agreements, State aid … are some of the points that will focus the negotiation against the clock. The possibility that relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union are left in a framework of legal indefiniteness intimidates the markets while making the large law firms rub their hands in the face of the chaos of overlapping rules and all the gray areas, of chiaroscuro and even opaque that would leave a ‘hard Brexit’.

Europe’s undisputed financial epicenter, the City of London, trembles at the prospect of an unprecedented rout. Days of shocks are ahead waiting for one of the key dates: the European Summit of December 10-11, in which the final draft agreement will be, ready to be voted on in the European Parliament on December 16, with the end of entry into force on January 1, 2021.

Too tight a timetable for something as serious as Brexit. The controversial decision of the British people to leave Europe has become, in the hands of the populist Boris Johnson, a ticking time bomb.

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Pro-European Labor Leader Wants to Vote Johnson’s Brexit


  • Keir Starmer believes that this would send an unequivocal signal to lost eurosceptic voters that he has listened to them.


  • It would enforce the strictest voting discipline if Johnson brought a last minute deal to parliament


  • The decision provokes rejection in the party among those who believe they would lose credibility to criticize the ‘Tories’ if Brexit went wrong

Labor leader Keir Starmer, one of the party’s staunch pro-Europeans, plans to order his parliamentary group to vote in favor of Boris Johnson’s Brexit plan if he is able to start a last minute deal. This weekend the European chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, was in London and the negotiations will continue until the last minute. If closed, Johnson would present it to Parliament before Christmas to put it to a vote and then Starmer would force his people to vote in favor, according to the newspaper ‘The Guardian’.

The reason is to try to recover the voters of the so-called “red wall”, the constituencies of the north of England, industrialists, workers and Eurosceptics who had always voted for Labor and who in the December elections gave their vote to Boris Johnson because was the only one who guaranteed Brexit.

It had been said that Starmer could ask his own to abstain, or give each deputy freedom to vote according to his own criteria. But it has finally transpired that will order the strictest discipline that is normally reserved for key issues such as votes of confidence. The Conservatives enjoy a comfortable majority of 80 MPs that allows them not to depend on the vote of Labor. However, it is not so much about helping to pass the law, but about send a clear and unqualified message to lost voters in the north, tell them we have listened to you and we are going to work so that you will trust us again.

Internal divisions

Starmer knows that There is no going back with Brexit and that the choice right now would be between reaching an agreement or leaving without an agreementThis last option would be extremely damaging to the country’s economy, in recession due to the pandemic. However, Starmer He risks re-dividing his party as Jeremy Corbyn did, the previous leader. This decision divides his team. This opposition is led by deputy Jenny Chapman, who was on Starmer’s team between 2016 and 2020.

Chapman considers that supporting Johnson’s Brexit will take away their authority to pressure conservatives if the economy goes bad after leaving the European Union (EU). He also believes that it may harm the party in Scotland as the nationalist leader It could put all the unionist parties in the same bag on such a difficult issue in Scotland as Brexit. An election converted into plebiscitary by Sturgeon will be held on May 6 in Scotland, which will include the independence referendum at the number one point of its program.

The leader of the Europeanists

The party would run the risk of being divided again as happened with Brexit. Corbyn, who was Eurosceptic in some respects, chose to adopt a neutral position that did not convince either one or the other. Europeans were disappointed and ended up voting for Johnson. The Europeans, led by Keir Starmer, were also disappointed. Starmer is a human rights lawyer who dedicated himself to the cause of eradicating the death penalty on the planet during the 1990s. Between 2008 and 2013 he was State Attorney General and received the knighthood award by the queen becoming Sir Keir for “services to law and criminal justice.”

In 2015, Starmer went into politics and won a seat in parliament and a year later, after the European referendum, he was appointed responsible for the Brexit of the Labor opposition. Starmer was the leader of the Labor Europeanists. He was in Corbyn’s cabinet, but was putting pressure on him to position himself in favor of staying in the EU. Starmer it was he who influenced the inclusion of the second European referendum in the Labor program in the December elections. Labor suffered the biggest debacle since 1935. An internal investigation concluded that the bid for the new consultation was one of the factors that most conditioned the defeat.

The Biden effect

The voters of the north of England, those of the “red wall”, were disappointed and ended up turning their backs on him. Their standard of living had been falling over the past decades in favor of London’s standard who came to the conclusion that they should leave the EU to regain control of the country and stop immigration. Corbyn represented London and did not guarantee Brexit. Johnson promised them a strong investment in infrastructure in the north and decentralize the country and guaranteed Brexit. And they gave him the vote. Now Starmer wants that vote back. You have until 2024 to do so but you can’t waste time.

He has asked his party members to refer to Joe Biden and his victory in the US elections as a lesson “for those of us who want progressive values ​​to triumph”. He stressed that the key is that he has been able to create “a broad coalition within the party” between those from the center and those on the left. Y This “broad coalition” led them to reconquer the “blue wall”, as the traditionally Democratic states that gave the vote to Republicans and Trump in 2016 are called.

And it has established a parallel with the “red wall” that wants to win back the conservatives. “The Labor Party wants to be a party for the whole nation and not just for one tribe, this is what we have seen in the United States with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and we will seek to replicate it here, ”said Starmer. And it has called Labor and Democrats “sister parties.”

A widening crack

Starmer’s (representing the centrists) call for unity within his party comes after the suspension of Corbyn (radical left) for neglecting complaints of anti-Semitism. This provoked the outrage of the radical left of the party. Corbyn was later reinstated but Starmer blocked his reinstatement into the parliamentary group, causing even more division within the party. For Starmer, the issue of anti-Semitism touches him too close because his wife is Jewish and they are educating their two children under the Jewish rite. For Starmer, Saturday dinner with the whole family at home is sacred.

The rift in the division may widen if it forces Labor to vote in favor of Johnson’s Brexit deal. Part of Starmer’s team objects. A former member of the “red wall” who lost his seat in the December elections told ‘The Guardian’: “I am angry because the same ones who put technical obstacles [a la ley del Brexit] now they tell us that we have to support the agreement. When we defended a much softer agreement, they branded us as sympathizers of the conservatives. In any case, it will be very difficult for them to vote on the Brexit agreement in the event that Johnson succeeds because twenty-one days of session are required to study the law before voting on it and they would no longer arrive before January 1, when Brexit materializes.

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Johnson appoints head of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

November 28, 2020 8:40 AM

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The British government announced this Saturday, November 28, 2020 the appointment of the deputy Nadhim Zahawi as secretary of state responsible to supervise the distribution of the vaccinations against COVID-19 in the country.

The Conservative MP for the constituency of Stratford-on-Avon, who currently holds the position of secretary of State of Companies, will take on the new role until at least next summer.

As revealed today November 28 Downing Street In a statement, Zahawi will thus temporarily renounce the responsibility in most of the areas he deals with in the Ministry of Business, Energy and Government Industrial Strategy (Beis).

From now on, he will act as joint secretary of state between Beis and the Ministry of Health and Social Care.

its designation responds to appeals facts to Executive tory from the opponent Labor Party for a person to be named responsible from Supervise the distribution from vaccine in order to avoid repeating the errors detected at the beginning of the pandemic in the distribution of personal protective equipment and in the test system coronavirus.

The United Kingdom has already made requests per 100 million doses of the vaccine developed by the British University of Oxford together with the British-Swedish pharmacist AstraZenecaAlthough that antidote is still pending to receive, predictably in the coming weeks, the approval of the regulator.

At the same time, another 40 million doses of the vaccine created by Pfizer/BioNTech, which has shown an effectiveness of up to 95%; and 5 million doses have also been ordered from the American firm Moderna, which has also shown 95% effectiveness in clinical trials.

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Boris Johnson’s plan to fight covid-19 falters

London, Nov 28 (EFE) .- The three-level restriction plan to curb the pandemic that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants to apply in England since December 2 is reeling from the rejection of Tory deputies who are considering this Saturday vote against next week.

English hospitals are at risk of “saturation” if measures are not taken

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The conservative leader proposes to toughen the rules to contain the advance of the virus against the guidelines established before the current lockdown – which began on November 5 – a decision that does not please dozens of parliamentarians from his own party.

One of them, Craig Mackinlay, advanced today that he will not support the strategy this Tuesday in the Commons: “Fundamentally, since we have already been through this, we have to ask ourselves: if this is the cure, is it really working?” politician to the BBC.

Another prominent Tory, Graham Brady, says in an article published today by the Daily Mail tabloid that he will not vote in favor of “dubious” rules, which endanger the “social fabric” of the country.

Many detractors feel that areas with low infection rates will be forced to weather even stricter rules than those enforced during this second lockdown.

That outright rejection of his strategy could potentially leave Johnson at the mercy of the backing of the opposition Labor Party.

ALERT ABOUT A HOSPITAL “SATURATION”

The so-called Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove, came to the rescue of the Chief Executive by warning today in The Times that hospitals run the risk of being “saturated” with infected patients if these measures are not introduced.

Gove – one of the great promoters of Brexit – urges those “rebels” to “assume responsibility for making difficult decisions” with the mission of flattening the curve of covid-19.

On the basis of this three-tier plan – medium, high and very high – 99% of England will be subject to the two highest degrees of alert.

Unless actions are taken to slow the spread of the virus, the NHS (public health service) will “break down” and hospitals will be “physically saturated”, warns Gove.

“The levels of restrictions before confinement did not suppress COVID sufficiently: they were not strong enough to reduce social contact, nor were they applied to the extent necessary to contain the spread of the virus,” he recalls.

The politician emphasizes that the country, which has 57,551 deaths from the virus, faces a “national crisis”, in which 16,000 hospital beds are occupied by covid-19 patients compared to almost 20,000 last April and 740 on September 11.

HIGHER RESTRICTIONS

In areas with a very high level of risk – such as Manchester – indoor and outdoor social gatherings will remain prohibited, and bars that do not serve take-out will remain closed.

At the intermediate level, where London and Liverpool appear, indoor meetings of different households are forbidden; The maximum of six people will be kept for outdoor meetings, and the closing time of pubs and restaurants – now closed except for home delivery – is set at 23.00 GMT.

The establishments will only be able to serve alcoholic beverages if they are accompanied by a “substantial meal” and the “limited” return of spectators to sports stadiums and live shows will be allowed, while non-essential places such as hairdressers may also reopen.

THE VACCINE, EACH TIME CLOSER

According to the Guardian today, hospitals have been instructed to be ready in just ten days to launch the distribution of the vaccine developed by Pfizer / BioNTech.

The directors of the NHS have revealed that these centers could start receiving the first batches on December 7.

Citing various hospital sources, the newspaper points out that initially the health workers will be the first to receive the antidote, and not residents of nursing homes or those over 80, as had been anticipated.

This is due, according to these, to the fact that the vaccine created by Pfizer “cannot travel again once it reaches the hospital, so it must be used within five days.”

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Johnson Appoints New Chief of Staff to Lead Post-Cummings Stage

FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend a cabinet meeting at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Britain November 10, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday appointed Dan Rosenfield, a business consultant and former Treasury official, as his new chief of staff, in a bid to restore confidence in his leadership.

Johnson is reshaping his advisory team following the departure of Dominic Cummings earlier this month. Cummings was seen as the driving force behind Johnson’s strategy for Brexit and other major issues.

Rosenfield joins his new role from Hakluyt, a strategic advisory firm for companies and investors, where he was global head of corporate clients and director of the company in the United Kingdom since 2016, the government said.

He previously worked at Bank of America as Managing Director of Investment Banking, and spent more than a decade working in the Ministry of Finance, where he served as Senior Advisor to former Finance Ministers Alistair Darling and George Osborne.

Johnson has been widely criticized for his response to the crisis unleashed by COVID-19 and for failing to maintain proper communication with members of his own party, which led to an internal rebellion against the new Brexit conditions.

The decision to appoint a relatively low-profile former official marks a change of direction for a prime minister whose inner circle was, until not long ago, largely made up of former members of the 2016 pro-Brexit campaign, with Cummings at the helm.

The chief of staff is traditionally the most important political appointment in the prime minister’s office. Although the exact responsibilities vary according to the preferences of the leaders, the job involves providing strategic and political advice to help the prime minister make decisions.

Rosenfield will begin work on December 7 and will officially assume the new position on January 1, Downing Street said.

Information from William James and Guy Faulconbridge; edited by Angus MacSwan; translation by Jorge Martínez

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Will Santa Claus come this year? Boris Johnson Responds


  • This Christmas will be very different and the children want to know if Santa Claus will be able to distribute gifts this year


  • Boris Johnson has personally answered an 8-year-old boy and assures that this question has been asked by many other children

Remains less than a month for us to start celebrating the first Christmas dinners and mealsHowever, we are still not very clear how the holidays are going to be this year, although the Government has already advanced a draft announcing some measures that we will have to comply with during those days. What we do know for sure that we will have to wear the mask and maintain a safety distance

The thing about not being able to gather more than six people in a house for dinner for Good night or eat in Christmas it is one of the points of this draft that generally worries more. These dates are always an excuse to reconnect with our loved ones, but this year we will run out of dinner with many friends and family.

Although this is making adults sad, children have other concerns, also very important: Will Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men give out gifts this year? or will they not be able to enter our houses because of the coronavirus? This question is currently being asked by many children and there are parents who have taken the opportunity to play one of the fashionable jokes on TikTok, putting them an audio of what seems like an informative program in which it is reported that Santa Claus will not distribute gifts this year.

The most important question of an 8 year old

Due to the uncertainty that the little ones have since Christmas is approaching, The British Prime Minister has received many letters from children asking him if Santa Claus will be able to come to their homes this Christmas to distribute the gifts or not, so he has shared the answer he has given to an eight-year-old boy through his Twitter profile so that the parents of the rest of the children can also answer their children’s questions.

This boy of only eight years old is called Monti and he has asked Boris Johnson with a letter written by him If Santa Claus will be able to deliver the gifts and if you have to leave him something special this Christmas, such as hydroalcoholic gel: “I am 8 years old and I was wondering if you and the government have thought about Santa’s arrival this Christmas,” wrote the child: “Shall we leave the hand sanitizer in case the bugs come? Or will he wash his hands?”

This child is very clear about it, every time someone enters our house they have to wash their hands and Santa Claus will not be less. Monti knows that Boris Johnson surely has some contact that can inform him about this matter, so he adds: “I understand that he is very busy, but Can you and the scientists talk about this? ”

Boris Johnson has reassured all the children

Boris Johnson has responded to Monti by writing another letter that he has shared on his Twitter profile: “Thank you very much for your letter, that Raises the all-important question of whether Santa will be able to deliver gifts this year despite the coronavirus “, can be read in the official letter.

“I know millions of other kids ask the same thing. Just to be sure, I made a call to the North Pole and I can tell you that Santa Claus is ready and eager to leave, just like Rudolph and all the other reindeer, “says Boris Johnson.

“The medical director has asked me to tell him that, provided that Santa Claus behaves in the usual responsible manner and works quickly and safely, there are no risks to their health or yours “, the politician explained to little Monti.

Santa is coming

“Leaving the hand sanitizer next to the cookies is a great idea to help prevent the spread of the virus, and using it yourself and washing your hands regularly is exactly the kind of thing that will get you and your friends on the good kid list. “It seems like the idea of ​​ditching the hydroalcoholic gel this year together with cookies will be the best way to avoid contagion these holidays.

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Johnson urges “collective remedies” against COVID

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference next year, urges the world’s rulers to tap into the resources of the richest nations to end the pandemic and address change. climate

LONDON (AP) _ British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who will host the United Nations Climate Change Conference next year, urged the world’s rulers to harness the resources of the richest nations to end the pandemic and addressing climate change.

Johnson issued a video statement anticipating a virtual summit of G-20 rulers hosted by Saudi Arabia, the group’s chairman this year.

He said that “ if we harness the collective ingenuity and resources of the G20, we can draw a map out of the pandemic and build a better and greener future. ”

In addition to the climate summit in Glasgow in November 2021, the UK will hold the G7 presidency.

On the other hand, the British government sparked fury by abandoning its long-standing foreign aid goal to fund other priorities amid what it called the deepest recession in three centuries.

In a statement to lawmakers, Treasury Chief Rishi Sunak said foreign aid will be reduced from the current 0.7% of national income to 0.5%. This will leave the Conservative government 4 billion pounds (5.3 billion dollars) to use for other expenses.

He said that the “ rigid adherence ” to the previous goal is “ difficult to justify ” at a time when the economy is suffering the severe blows of the coronavirus pandemic.

“ In a time of unprecedented crisis, the government must make difficult decisions, ” he said.

He insisted that the government seeks to return to the target set by Tony Blair’s Labor government two decades ago, but even with the reduction, UK spending on foreign aid will be the second highest in the Group of Seven industrialized countries.

The decision runs counter to the government’s promise in last year’s general election to maintain the level of foreign aid. It led to strong criticism from across the political spectrum – including the Conservative Party – and from humanitarian organizations.

Save the Children organization said it was “ deeply disappointed ” by the cut, warning that it would mean “ 100,000 lives not saved through immunization and a million fewer children supported through education. ”

The organization’s chief executive, Kevin Watkins, said the government “ violated its promise ” to the world’s people most in need, and damaged “ Britain’s reputation for leadership on the world stage. ”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, called the decision “ shameful and wrong ” and urged lawmakers to “ reject it in the interests of the poorest and the reputation and interest of the UK itself. ”

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British Prime Minister Johnson on Brexit: Our position on fisheries has not changed

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Boris Johnson already has a solution for the crisis and the pandemic: more military spending – Europa Directo

Boris Johnson has found a way to lift the spirits of Tory MPs and the rank and file of the party. Polls place the Conservatives fairly on par with Labor – some with Keir Starmer’s party. in front-, which is a big drop from the December 2019 elections, which the Tories won by 11.5 points difference. Dozens of Tory MPs are making no secret of their displeasure at the unfulfilled promises the prime minister made at the end of the summer. At that time, the government anticipated an imminent return to economic normality. The second wave of the coronavirus has required the return of the most drastic measures, so far without very positive results.

Everything is depressing for the Tories shortly before the final culmination of Brexit. The alternative that Johnson presents, the candy with which he tries to make his party and the population forget the hardships of the present, is to return to the past and the naval glories of the empire. It is time to brighten the great power character of the United Kingdom with a large increase in military spending.

Joe Biden’s arrival at the White House in January leaves London without a reliable ally in Washington, even though Donald Trump’s erratic character and his disinterest in European countries were not a guarantee for British foreign policy either. But Biden is a pragmatist that it will try to rebuild relations with Europe and the importance of NATO, and there the United Kingdom can play a relevant role. The downside for London is that a post-Brexit Britain is less interesting as an intermediary in the dialogue with the Europeans for the US. Furthermore, Biden has already made clear that the future of Ulster is a matter that interests you especially.

To remedy this, Johnson has opted for rearmament. An extra expense of £ 16 billion over the next four years. The largest increase in real terms since the time of Margaret Thatcher. There was a prior commitment to increase Defense spending by 0.5 points above inflation, so the final figure could be around 21,500 million.

“This is our opportunity to end the era of withdrawal, transform our Armed Forces, strengthen our global influence, unite our country, invest in new technologies and defend our people and their way of life,” said Boris Johnson.

The Ministry of Finance had resisted Defense requests until now. It was Johnson’s personal intervention that closed the debate. The increase in public spending during the pandemic will force Foreign Minister Rishi Sunak to completely review the budget that was presented in March. Next week, Sunak will present the new data to Parliament. Expected to confirm that UK finances have taken the hardest hit since World War II.

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Under current conditions, analysts see no alternative but to increase taxes – a very difficult drink for conservatives to accept – although no decision in that regard is expected until 2021 when the final economic impact of the pandemic is known.

The Bank of England has predicted that the drop in GDP will be 11% this year, the largest decline in the last three centuries.

Always ready to live up to imperial glories or to emulate Winston Churchill for whom the naval force was the best standard of British influence, Johnson intends to pay special attention to the Navy as a symbol of foreign policy and of the country’s global strength. The extra money will serve to complete the strike group of the two new aircraft carriers already delivered to the Navy, but still pending their final deployment (the first of them will do so next year). Frigates, support ships and aircraft what do you need they were still in the air due to budgetary problems. “More warships for the Royal Navy” is the goal that Johnson has announced.

The Green Party has compared the increase in spending to the £ 4 billion added for the fight against climate change. “We are walking blindly into a dystopian video game without a public debate” about the country’s priorities, has said its number two, Amelia Womack. Pacifist NGOs have been more aggressive in criticizing. “Tanks and warplanes will not keep us safe from the most serious threats we face: pandemic, poverty and the climate emergency. Covid-19 has revealed the superficiality of naive opinions that argue that weapons give us security. You cannot attack a virus with nuclear weapons “, has denounced Symon Hill, of the organization Peace Pledge Union.

The construction of the two aircraft carriers was commissioned by the Gordon Brown Government a decade ago. After coming to power and at the beginning of the era of austerity, David Cameron seriously considered selling one of them, still under construction, but the high price meant that there were no candidates. The contracts made made it more expensive to cancel the order than to carry it to the end, even though the deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan showed that the Army was most in need of the money.

As a symbol of the country’s military power, aircraft carriers belong to an earlier era. These giants of the sea are now much more vulnerable due to the advancement in missile technology. The Chinese anti-ship missile Dong-Feng 21 It is its most recognized adversary since it was put into action in the early 1990s. Mounted on a mobile platform from the ground, it has an operational range of about 1,700 kilometers. It is designed to attack large ships, especially aircraft carriers. It can land on its target at a maximum speed of Mach 10.

It’s not that China has kept its ability to make aircraft carriers obsolete a secret. In military parades, he has presented later versions of the Dong-Feng with a range of 3,000 kilometers.

The reality is that Boris Johnson is not interested in declaring war on China. It is enough for him to warm the patriotic spirits of the Tory deputies who cannot explain how the prime minister could so quickly lose the support he obtained at the polls less than a year ago.

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ANSA / GB: Johnson’s Billionaire Plan for Military Spending

By Alessandro Logroscino (ANSA) – LONDON, NOV 19 – The British government launched a multi-million dollar program of additional military spending, not seen in 30 years, to protect “the safety of the British”, share more “global responsibilities with the allies NATO “and” extend UK influence “after Brexit

All of this, British Premier Boris Johnson considered, in a world “never so dangerous and intensely competitive since the Cold War.”

Johnson also promised a shower of pounds both to “modernize” conventional arsenals and nuclear deterrents, as well as to meet with “cutting edge technology” the new challenges of cyber defense, space competition and artificial intelligence applied to the war apparatus.

The announcement was made in front of the House of Commons, with a “Tory” prime minister forced to connect by video in the wake of the isolation imposed by Covid-19, but still determined to try to restore shine to the image of his government. Despite internal disputes, the controversy over the emergence of the coronavirus, and the unknowns about the crucial negotiations with the EU for future relations

There are 16.5 billion in the plan spread over 4 years, which will be added to the 24.1 planned in the same period of time as a basic increase in the budget of the Armed Forces by 0.5% higher than inflation: up to a total of more than 40 billion additional and a final sum estimated between now and 2024 at 190 billion pounds (212 billion euros), or 2.2% of GDP

A quota of more than 2% requested by the Atlantic Alliance from all Member States and aimed at consolidating both the European primacy of the United Kingdom and its second place behind the United States only in the absolute number of defense allocations among the partners of the NATO

Not without the parallel prospect of stimulating 40,000 jobs thanks to military orders, from shipbuilding to aerospace.

For the premier, the need is to “stop the decline” and the possibility of defending the interests and values ​​of the Kingdom as well as the Western chessboard in a reality in which – following his narrative – there are “enemies” (not mentioned openly, but among others it seems obvious to evoke the profile of China or Russia) who conspire “in an increasingly sophisticated way, even in cyberspace”

“I made the decision” to launch this transcendental “generational” program, “in the face of the pandemic since the defense sector is a priority,” the premier proclaimed to the deputies, listing among the different projects in a few words the creation of an ad hoc military agency to deal with artificial intelligence, development of a National Cyber ​​Force, establishment of a new command structure of the Space Forces tasked with launching a first carrier rocket in 2022

Limiting ourselves to “hope for the best” in the face of threats from “terrorism” or “hostile states” is not a prudent option, Johnson said.

Meanwhile, he does not hesitate to reject the withdrawal from Afghanistan announced by his friend, outgoing President Donald Trump, reserving the right to discuss the security of that country and the future of British contingents in other areas of conflict with the new “American friends. of the elected administration “by Joe Biden. (ANSA)

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