Cabinet split opens up over foreign aid spending –

Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary, also sees the commitment as a key part of the post-Brexit “global Britain” brand.

One suggestion discussed among ministers is that the 0.7 per cent aid commitment could be replaced by a pledge that 3 per cent of GNI is spent on “security” instead.

That would allow the Ministry of Defence, the Department for International Development and the Foreign Office to collaborate on helping to shore up security in countries which foster terrorism.

A Whitehall source explained: “A lot of the world’s biggest problems, such as disease, mass migration and terrorism, are incubated in countries affected by conflict, such as Somalia, Yemen and South Sudan.


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