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Row over Tory plans to axe £30bn defence projects

Publié par Clifford Armion le 16/09/2009

Michael Evans, Francis Elliott and Philip Webster

"Three of Britain's biggest defence projects with a combined value of nearly £30billion could face the axe if the Conservatives win the general election next year.

"George Osborne, the Shadow Chancellor, said in a speech on the economy that he would hold a Budget within weeks of a victory. Afterwards, he was asked to identify specific savings that an incoming Conservative government might make.

"In comments that surprised and dismayed his own colleagues, he cited the £20billion Eurofighter/Typhoon project, the £4billion project to build two aircraft carriers and the £2.7billion order for 25 A400 transport aircraft as areas ripe for cuts. Later, however, he admitted that he did not know what penalties might have to be paid out under break clauses if the contracts were scrapped."

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"Row over Tory plans to axe £30bn defence projects", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2009. Consulté le 06/05/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/row-over-tory-plans-to-axe-30bn-defence-projects