Priti Patel addresses threat of terrorism to UK after Vienna attack
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The Integrated Review published today of Britain’s security, defence, development and foreign policy warns of a stark new reality post-coved with Britain. In a bleak and dark outlook for the world by 2030, the document warns of the increased terror threat with organisations better equipped than in the past.
The Review warns Britain faces the risk of attacks from multiple sources with a new Counter Terrorism Operations Centre needed to try and combat the threat.
“The terrorist threat in the UK remains all too real – whether Islamist-inspired, Northern Ireland-related or driven by other motivations,” the report says.
“It is likely that a terrorist group will launch a successful chemical, biological or nuclear attack by 2030.”
Britain will also “shift to a more robust position on security and deterrence” with “more of our armed forces overseas more often and for longer periods of time” to tackle the increasing global terror threat.
The Review warns the current international system is becoming increasingly out-of-date and a new foreign policy of increased international activism will be necessary for Britain to help shape a new, more open international order.
Setting out the conclusions of the Integrated Review, the Prime Minister says: “I am profoundly optimistic about the UK’s place in the world and our ability to seize the opportunities ahead.
“The ingenuity of our citizens and the strength of our Union will combine with our international partnerships, modernised Armed Forces and a new green agenda, enabling us to look forward with confidence as we shape the world of the future.”
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Integrated Review was a “once-in-a-generation strategic look” at Britain’s place on the world stage.
As well as the threat of terrorism, the Integrated Review looks at the threats posed by hostile states and climate change.
The 100-page document – entitled Global Britain in a Competitive Age – argues the increase in nuclear warheads cap is “in recognition of the evolving security environment” and the “developing range of technological and doctrinal threats.”
“A minimum, credible, independent nuclear deterrent, assigned to the defence of Nato, remains essential in order to guarantee our security and that of our allies,” the review says.
The review states that Russia under Vladimir Putin represents an “active threat” however the language on China is more measured, saying Beijing poses a “systemic challenge”.
Mr Raab told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the review “talks about marshalling our strengths – we should feel self-confident about this country, about the ingenuity of our people, the strength of our union, our military clout but also our cultural brand abroad”.
He added: “It looks at how we take those comparative advantages, from trade to tech, from our hard military power to our development policy and our aid budget.
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“And it sets out how we can create the better-paid jobs of the future but also how we can protect ourselves from threats, whether it is from the likes of Russia and China or pandemics or indeed climate change.”
The publication comes after the Prime Minister announced in November a £16.5 billion increase in defence spending over the next four years focusing on the future battlefields of space and cyber.
However, military chiefs have made clear the investment in new technologies will mean cuts to some “industrial age” capabilities to be set out in further paper by the Ministry of Defence next week.
The Army is expected to see troop numbers slashed by more than 10,000, while its fleet of Challenger 2 main battle tanks is expected to be reduced by a third and the Warrior infantry fighting vehicle retired altogether.
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