Boris Johnson slams Labour on ‘weak’ armed forces backing
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Boris Johnson erupted at the Labour Party leader during a ferocious clash in the House of Commons over the UK Government’s £24 billion overhaul of Britain’s defence. The Prime Minister stated that Sir Keir’s party is weak on backing Britain when it matters and supporting the UK’s troops.
Mr Johnson said: “It is ridiculous for him to talk about our nuclear defences when the reality is that Labour is all over the place.”
He added: “They want to talk about standing up for our armed forces, just in the last year the Labour Party has been given the opportunity to back our armed forces, our soldiers, our troops in the Overseas Operations Bill.
“They had the chance to stand up for Veterans, they voted against it on a three-line whip.
“Those are the instincts of the Labour Party, weak on supporting our troops, weak on backing Britain when it matters and weak on defence.”
Boris Johnson erupted at the Labour Party leader (Image: PTV)
Sir Keir Starmer was slapped down by the Prime Minister (Image: PTV)
During his statement in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister outlined his Government’s ambitious plans for defence.
Mr Johnson said: “All our international goals rest upon keeping our people safe at home and deterring those who would do us harm, so we will create a counter-terrorism operations centre bringing together our ability to thwart the designs of terrorists while also dealing with the actions of hostile states.”
He added: “I can announce that the national cyber force which conducts offensive cyber operations against terrorists, hostile states and criminal gangs will in future be located in a cyber corridor in the north-west of England and we will also establish a cross-government situation centre in the Cabinet Office, learning the lessons of the pandemic and improving our use of data to anticipate and respond to future crises.”
The Prime Minister also stated that £24 billion would be invested across different areas of defence.
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Mr Johnson said: “The first outcome of the Integrated Review was the Government’s decision to invest an extra £24 billion in defence, allowing the wholesale modernisation of our armed forces and taking forward the renewal of our nuclear deterrent.
“The new money will be focused on mastering the emerging technologies that are transforming warfare, reflecting the premium based on speed and deployment and technical skill.”
On Tuesday morning, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab stated that Iran must never be allowed to obtain a nuclear weapon and the looming threat keeps him “awake at night”.
Dominic Raab told the BBC’s Today Programme that the UK Government is committed to maintaining a nuclear deterrent and will be increasing the number of warheads in its arsenal.
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Boris Johnson has been the UK’s Prime Minister since July 2019 (Image: PTV)
The Foreign Secretary said: “Over time as the circumstances change and the threats change, we need to maintain a minimum credible level of deterrent.
“Why? Because it is the ultimate guarantee, the ultimate insurance policy against the worst threat from hostile states.”
Mr Robinson asked: “Over the past year, you have been able to review all of the threats we face, briefly as you would…what keeps you awake at night?”
Mr Raab responded: “I think it is the combination and the variety of what we face, we have obviously got Iran, we are trying to reengage with Iran, we must never see Iran get a nuclear weapon.”