Military Capabilities

No final decision yet on UK defence review

13 July 2018

Key Points

  • The UK government has not agreed to the headline findings of the MDP
  • Drafts of the MDP propose GBP2 billion a year extra in capability funding

UK government ministers have yet to agree on key aspects of the country’s Modernising Defence Programme (MDP) review, putting its publication on hold.

The headline findings of the MDP were expected to be released ahead of the NATO summit in Brussels on 11-12 July to enable Prime Minister Theresa May to brief her fellow heads of government on UK plans. May was unable to provide allied leaders with an MDP update, according to media reports from the summit.

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