October 5, 2022
UK to spend at least £2.3bn on Ukraine war effort in 2023

Liz Truss will tell world leaders this week that Britain, on her first overseas visit as Britain’s prime minister next year, will make or exceed the £2.3bn committed to Ukraine’s war effort against Russia in 2022.

Truss, who met several leaders at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth in London on Monday, arrived in New York on Tuesday with a commitment to stand with Ukraine for the long haul.

Speaking before the trip, Truss vowed to the people of Ukraine: “The UK will follow you every step of the way.” He will reiterate that message while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday.

Her visit to New York, where she will also hold bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden, marks the return of normal politics in Britain after 10 days of national mourning and the start of an important week for her government.

On Wednesday, the business secretary, Jacob Rees-Mogg, will give more details about an energy bailout for companies, while on Thursday the health secretary, Therese Coffey, will present a plan to shore up a struggling NHS.

Meanwhile, Truss will return to London to see Chancellor Quasi Quarteng take a tax cut on Friday as part of a mini-budget that will focus on his plan to boost Britain’s sluggish economic growth .

Criticism of the Labor truce, which avoided political attacks during the period of mourning, would resume, claiming that his government would favor the wealthy and profitable big business over the common people.

Sir Keir Starmer, Labor leader, will target Quarteng’s plan to eliminate a cap on bankers’ bonuses, his refusal to impose an expanded windfall levy on energy companies, and his plan to reverse the corporation tax hike.

Ed Miliband, Shadow Climate Change Secretary, said: “From an unexpected tax to bonuses to bankers while working people suffer, Liz Truss is confirming what we all know: that conservatives have never The British will not stand up for the people.”

Quarteng would argue his massive state intervention to curb energy bills proves he is helping the common man. They claim that tax cuts drive growth, even if they are financed by borrowing.

Truss, the foreign secretary in Boris Johnson’s government, will use his speech at the United Nations to urge the West to increase support for Kyiv following Ukraine’s recent successes on the battlefield against Russia.

Truss had previously said that Moscow should give up “the whole of Ukraine”: a reference to his belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin should also pull his army out of Crimea, which he invaded and occupied in 2014. .

Downing Street said the UK was already the second largest military donor to Ukraine, having pledged £2.3bn in 2022.

Britain has trained 27,000 members of the Ukrainian armed forces since 2015, and Number 10 said the UK has provided hundreds of rockets, five air defense systems, 120 armored vehicles and other equipment.

Truss’s allies claim the largest commercial road move of ammunition since World War II was carried out last week. Tens of thousands more rounds of artillery ammunition donated by Britain went to the front lines in Ukraine.

Truss’s bilateral talks with Biden will cover issues including the post-Brexit trade war in Northern Ireland and the ongoing standoff between Britain and the EU. Biden has already told Truss to negotiate with the European Union on the issue.

Truss will also hold talks on Tuesday with French President Emmanuel Macron, who has paid tribute to the Queen and Anglo-French relations in recent days.

During the Tory leadership contest, Truss said that “time will tell” whether Macron was “friend or foe”.

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