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The 2019 Conservative manifesto promised that the UK would continue to spend 0.7% of gross national income on international aid. The party also said it would exceed the Nato target of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defence. The review will also seek “innovative ways” to promote UK interests while committing to spending targets.

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Countries like Pakistan will struggle to get more aid from Britain as Prime Minister Boris Johnson begins consultation to formulate the post-Brexit foreign policy.

No 10 says insights from internal and external experts will challenge “traditional Whitehall assumptions”.

The diplomatic service, tackling organised crime, the use of technology and the procurement of military supplies will all be looked at, BBC reported.

Sky News reported that there is a proposal to merge the combined budgets of the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office and the Department for International Development (DfID) into a single pot.

The 2019 Conservative manifesto promised that the UK would continue to spend 0.7% of gross national income on international aid. The party also said it would exceed the Nato target of spending 2% of gross domestic product on defence. The review will also seek “innovative ways” to promote UK interests while committing to spending targets.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out the details of the review, how long it will take, and who will be involved in a written statement later.

His new government faces a number of foreign policy challenges including securing a post-Brexit trade deal with the EU. The UK is also hoping to secure a trade deal with the US but relations have been strained by the prime minister’s decision to use Huawei to build the 5G network in the face of US opposition.

The government is also keen to strengthen ties with China, but some of the prime minister’s own MPs – including Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Tom Tugendhat – have cautioned against allowing Chinese companies’ heavy involvement in projects such as the 5G network and HS2.

LONDON, Sept. 3, 2019 (Xinhua) -- Anti-Brexit protesters take part in a demonstration in London, Britain, on Sept. 3, 2019. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday lost a key Brexit vote in the House of Commons as anti-no deal MPs take control of the parliamentary business. (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua/IANS) by .
Anti-Brexit protesters (Photo by Ray Tang/Xinhua/IANS)

Setting out details of the Integrated Review – first announced in December’s Queen’s Speech – No 10 said Brexit presented “new opportunities to define and strengthen Britain’s place in the world”. The review is expected to conclude later this year with input from Whitehall departments, including the Foreign Office and the Ministry of Defence.

The government says it will “utilise expertise from both inside and outside government for the review, ensuring the UK’s best foreign policy minds are feeding into its conclusions and offering constructive challenge to traditional Whitehall assumptions and thinking”.

Mr Johnson said the UK could not “rest on our laurels” adding: “We will be judged by how we respond to the opportunities ahead.

“As the world changes we must move with it – harnessing new technologies and ways of thinking to ensure British foreign policy is rooted firmly in our national interests.”

The UK’s last full-scale security and defence review was completed in late 2015, before the UK voted to leave the EU.

 

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