Yes, one can question whether more projection of military power is correct. But at least the British government is concerned.
Britain needs a new foreign policy. Brexit, the rise of China and the parallel fading of the USA – all of this is throwing up the previous framework conditions. So it is no coincidence that Prime Minister Boris Johnson made his most substantial declaration of principle to date shortly before the conclusion of negotiations on future relations between Great Britain and the EU, shortly after Joe Biden’s election victory in the USA and shortly before the British takeover of the G7 presidency Has.
The prime minister promised an “end of the era of withdrawal”, and opposition leader Keir Starmer agreed: “Great Britain must exercise global leadership.” Cross-party consensus again – just one day after an ambitious program for green modernization was presented, which was also widely supported bumped. Both promise substantial investments and new jobs in the country itself.
The increase in British military spending by £ 24.1 billion (€ 27 billion) over four years – three times as much as promised in the 2019 election manifesto – is the most spectacular step. London wants to remain the USA’s strongest NATO partner in the long run – a position that France would like to dispute with it. Great Britain also wants to be Europe’s number one naval power, with a global presence from 2023. And as elsewhere in Johnson’s program of a “Global Britain” it is about technological innovation: “The race is made by the fastest and most agile, not necessarily the greatest.”
As always, it remains to be seen whether rhetoric will also become reality, and one may question whether more projection of military power across the world is correct. But the British government cannot be blamed for not worrying. Europe, especially Germany, is finding it much more difficult. If Johnson wants to show that Britain’s policy will be “faster and more agile” without the EU, the two announcements in the areas of ecology and the military have succeeded.