LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May is committed to Britain remaining a leading military power, her spokeswoman said on Thursday, rejecting a report that she had questioned why Britain should remain a “tier one” military nation.
“We are a leading military power and the PM is committed to ensuring that remains the case,” the spokeswoman told reporters.
“We have the biggest defence budget in Europe and the second-biggest in NATO and we are committed to that.”
The Financial Times reported that at a meeting this week, May had asked her defence minister to justify Britain’s status as a “tier one” military power, sending shockwaves through the defence establishment just weeks before a major NATO summit.
Reporting By Andrew MacAskill; editing by Stephen Addison