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We were promised the integrated defence review by now. Where is it? 

The pandemic can no longer excuse the government’s delays in publishing its strategy for our place in the world 

By Joyce Anelay  

Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Invincible. Troy GB images / Alamy Stock Photo

Eleven months ago, the Prime Minister announced an “Integrated Review” of foreign policy, defence, security and international development, to “re-examine the UK’s priorities and objectives.” The International Relations and Defence Committee, which I chair, had criticised his nebulous concept of “Global Britain,” announced when he was foreign secretary. We saw the Integrated Review as an important opportunity to flesh out the government’s vision for the UK’s international role after Brexit. 

It is therefore disappointing that the publication of the review has repeatedly been delayed, and with each passing day it becomes more so. The latest postponement signals unacceptable…

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