Rishi Sunak has hailed the UK’s world alliances as its “greatest source of strength and security” as he ready to satisfy Joe Biden to flesh out a serious defence deal.
The prime minister is flying to San Diego on Sunday to debate nuclear-powered submarines with the US President and Australian premier Anthony Albanese.
UK ministers have excessive hopes that Mr Albanese will announce the acquisition of a British-designed fleet.
The UK, US and Australia agreed the AUKUS pact in 2021 to spice up their defences and share nuclear submarine secrets and techniques at a time of rising concern over China.
While on the US west coast on Monday, Mr Sunak can be set to unveil the brand new built-in evaluation of defence and international coverage, which was being up to date within the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The refreshed evaluation will set out the UK’s method to threats from Moscow and an more and more assertive China.
Ahead of his journey, the prime minister stated: “In turbulent occasions, the UK’s world alliances are our biggest supply of power and safety.
“I am travelling to the United States today to launch the next stage of the AUKUS nuclear submarine programme, a project which is binding ties to our closest allies and delivering security, new technology and economic advantage at home.
“As we launch the 2023 Integrated Review Refresh tomorrow, that is the longer term we wish to ship – a UK that’s safe, affluent and standing shoulder-to-shoulder with our companions.”