UK must be prepared to fight wars without key ally

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said that the UK may need to rethink its assumptions about defence and be prepared to fight wars without the United States as its key ally.

He told the Sunday Times that he worries about the prospect of the United States withdrawing from its leadership around the world, saying that the scenario ‘keeps me awake at night’.

Wallace stressed that the assumptions of 2010 that ‘we were always going to be part of a US coalition’ is, in reality, ‘really just not where we are going to be’. Referencing the US pulling out from Syria, as well as the statement given by President Donald Trump on Iraq, where he said Nato should take over and do more in the Middle East , Wallace said the Defence Review should be used to make the UK less dependent on the US in future conflicts.


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