Boosting defence, and the Integrated Review Refresh 2023

Also this week on improving defence and security, the Prime Minister confirmed a £5 billion boost in defence investment alongside the launch of the Integrated Review Refresh 2023, setting out how the UK will tackle new threats from Russia and China, protect our economy and compete at the cutting edge of technology.

  • The last two years, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the increasingly concerning actions of China, have shown the importance of being ready and able to respond when challenged.
  • That is why the Prime Minister has confirmed £5 billion of new investment in defence and a new ambition to increase defence spending to 2.5 per cent of GDP as part of the launch of the 2023 Integrated Review Refresh, which sets out how we will protect our interests in an increasingly volatile world. Today the Prime Minister will also join a trilateral meeting in the USA on the next phase of the AUKUS pact. 
  • This funding will fortify our national defences, from economic security to technology supply chains and intelligence expertise, to ensure we are never again vulnerable to the actions of a hostile power.


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