Should Boris Johnson backtrack on his intentions to decrease foreign aid? Should the United Kingdom pay 0.7 percent? VOTE.
BORIS JOHNSON is facing a growing Tory backlash over his plans to decrease foreign aid, therefore this website is asking if you think the Prime Minister should reverse course and give 0.7 percent of the country’s national income instead. Please vote in the poll below.
The Prime Minister is under pressure to reverse his plan to reduce foreign aid spending from 0.8 percent to 0.5 percent of national income. Over a dozen Tory backbenchers, including former Prime Minister Theresa May, have spoken out against the plan. The rebels hope to enact new legislation that will raise aid expenditure by 2022.
The group, led by former Tory Chief Whip Andrew Mitchel, has submitted an amendment that would require government to reinstate a legally-binding aim of spending 0.7 percent of national GDP starting in January next year.
When the bill returns to the Commons for further consideration on Monday, Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle will decide whether the amendment is picked for consideration.
For the amendment to pass, 45 Tory MPs are required.
“Every single member of the House of Commons was elected on a very explicit manifesto promise to uphold this commitment,” Mr Mitchell said.
“I’ve repeatedly pushed the government to follow the law and pleaded with ministers to reconsider breaching this promise.
“The cuts are now having a terrible effect on the ground, resulting in needless deaths.”
“We urge the Government to reconsider, or we will ask Parliament to reaffirm the legislation as it stands, obliging the Government to meet its legal obligations, honour its very clear promise to British voters, and uphold Britain’s promise to the rest of the world,” he continued.
Mrs May’s former deputy Damian Green and Johnny Mercer, who recently resigned as defence minister over budget cutbacks, are among the other rebel MPs.
Former Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and former Aid Minister Sir Desmond Swayne are also in favor of the proposal.
Last year, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab declared that the UK would reduce aid spending from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of GDP, a £4 billion reduction.
Covid, according to the government, indicated that tough but essential decisions were required because the pandemic had wreaked havoc on the government’s finances.
In his 2019 election manifesto, Mr Johnson pledged to keep foreign aid expenditure at the higher level.
“Brinkwire Summary News” on aid cuts.