Britain must prepare to fight wars without US: defence secretary.

April 11, 2020 By The Editor

Britain must prepare to fight wars without US: defence secretary.

Britain must prepare to fight wars without US.

The defence secretary, Ben Wallace, has said the increasing withdrawal of America from international leadership under Donald Trump meant Britain needed to rethink its defence blueprint.

The assumptions underpinning UK’s defence planning for the past decade have changed, so the plans must change.

Britain must be prepared to fight future wars without the US help, as its principal ally, says defence secretary

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Wallace said the prospect of the US stepping back from its international role “keeps me awake at night”.

He said:

“I worry if the United States withdraws from its leadership around the world. That would be bad for the world and bad for us. We plan for the worst and hope for the best.”

He also added:

“Over the last year we’ve had the US pull out from Syria, the statement by Donald Trump on Iraq where he said Nato should take over and do more in the Middle East.”

Wallace said Britain should use the defence review to acquire new capabilities, making it less dependent on the US in future conflicts.

Source and more: Sunday Times and The Guardian.

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