PM Starmer to push for increased NATO defence budget

PM Starmer to push for increased NATO defence budget
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PM Keir Starmer will urge NATO nations to boost defence spending in response to growing global threats. He casts a major review setting out UK schedules to spend tens of billions of pounds on the military.

How Will Starmer Address Global Threats at NATO Summit?

The PM will utilise NATO’s 75th-anniversary meeting in Washington, his first international trip since succeeding power, to highlight Britain’s “cast-iron” commitment to the defence alliance. He will state that further increases in spending from partners will help NATO tackle the nature of today’s dangers including Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, persistent instability in the Middle East and the advancement of authoritarian states.

What Are Starmer’s Plans for UK Defence Spending Increase?

A strategic defence review will be undertaken next week but is likely to take up to a year to complete. This means increasing pressure on Starmer to demonstrate a timetable for the UK to increase defence spending to its target of 2.5% of GDP. The Labour counterpart and ex-first sea lord Alan West stated: “I think we ought to say when we are going to get to 2.5%. ‘When the situation allows’ is not good enough – Putin will not wait for our situation to be good enough before he attacks.”

How Will Starmer Strengthen Transatlantic Ties on US Visit?

The PM, who is escorted on the US trip by his wife, Victoria, is to assemble Joe Biden at the White House on Wednesday for their first bilateral discussions, where he will strive to underline the strength and strength of the transatlantic connection despite the change in government.

His first meeting with the US president would usually be a highlight but, with inquiries raging about Biden’s healthiness and age and the American election just four months away, some careful choreography may be required. The Bidens will then host the Starmers and other world heads and their spouses at a glitzy White House dinner.

 How Will Starmer’s NATO Speech Influence the UK Defence Policy?

Starmer will utilise the NATO summit to highlight the UK’s “unshakeable” responsibility to Ukraine at a moment when Moscow has escalated its attacks, shooting a children’s hospital in Kyiv this week, and with the US election in November getting uncertain. The potential return of Donald Trump, whose continued support for NATO and Ukraine remains unclear, could throw a shadow over the summit. Downing Street stated it was not aware of any planned discussions between the UK contingent and Trump or other Republicans during the visit.

Starmer is hoping to hold discussions with Volodymyr Zelenskiy, the Ukrainian president, on the sidelines of the meeting after the two met at the D-day monuments in France during the general election movement.

PM Starmer will be escorted by David Lammy, the foreign secretary, and John Healey, the defence secretary. He will strive to use the summit to build connections with European leaders as he attempts to seal an EU-UK security pact, and he will also be joined by Nick Thomas-Symonds, the minister for European relations. The UK currently expends 2.32% of GDP on defence, the equivalent of £64.6bn a year, which would have to steadily advance to £87.1bn a year to reach the 2.5% target.

Daniele Naddei

Daniele Naddei is a journalist at Parliament News covering European affairs, was born in Naples on April 8, 1991. He also serves as the Director of the CentroSud24 newspaper. During the period from 2010 to 2013, Naddei completed an internship at the esteemed local radio station Radio Club 91. Subsequently, he became the author of a weekly magazine published by the Italian Volleyball Federation of Campania (FIPAV Campania), which led to his registration in the professional order of Journalists of Campania in early 2014, listed under publicists. From 2013 to 2018, he worked as a freelance photojournalist and cameraman for external services for Rai and various local entities, including TeleCapri, CapriEvent, and TLA. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, Naddei collaborated full-time with various newspapers in Campania, both in print and online. During this period, he also resumed his role as Editor-in-Chief at Radio Club 91.
Naddei is actively involved as a press officer for several companies and is responsible for editing cultural and social events in the city through his association with the Medea Fattoria Sociale. This experience continued until 2021. Throughout these years, he hosted or collaborated on football sports programs for various local broadcasters, including TLA, TvLuna, TeleCapri, Radio Stonata, Radio Amore, and Radio Antenna Uno.
From 2016 to 2018, Naddei was employed as an editor at newspapers of national interest within the circuit, including Internazionale24, Salute24, and OggiScuola. Since 2019, Naddei has been one of the creators of the Rabona television program "Calcio è Passione," which has been broadcast on TeleCapri Sport since 2023.