Foreign aid budget: GB News host tears rebels apart after Brexit backlash | Politics | New
An emergency debate on British foreign aid took place in the House of Commons on Tuesday. This was after House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle on Monday decided to rule out the rebels’ attempt to force a vote to restore the higher foreign aid budget. However, Sir Lindsay has decided to give the green light to a three-hour emergency debate which took place on Tuesday.
The substance of the amendment rebel MPs wanted to impose was a reset of the UK’s foreign aid budget to 0.7% of GDP from next year.
This would represent an increase from Boris Johnson’s current reduced fund of 0.5% of GDP that he set out in the last budget.
Mr Johnson has said he has opposed his own election manifesto and slashed the UK’s foreign aid budget due to financial shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
GB News presenter Colin Brazier tweeted: “Two-thirds of Britons are in favor of cutting our foreign aid budget, of which £ 71million goes to China.
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“I’ve had enough of ours.”
Another said: ‘Brexit is a wake-up call for politicians and the media.
“Then they went back to sleep, so we still can’t hear what we people are saying.
“Either that or they don’t care and think they can keep ignoring us.”
Former Prime Minister Theresa May is among Tory rebels who called on Mr Johnson to restore the UK’s commitment to 0.7% of GDP in foreign aid.
The UK is the only member of the G7 group of the world’s major economies to cut its foreign aid budget now.
Mr Johnson’s policy has sparked fury as he also calls on other G7 countries to vaccinate poorer countries against Covid-19.
Former UK Secretary for International Development Andrew Mitchell wrote in the Guardian: “The eyes of the world are really on us.
“But right now Britain is lacking because we have removed a fundamental part of our own world leadership.
“Britain is the only G7 country to cut aid this year.
“The cuts are already having a devastating effect on the ground, with canceled projects, closed clinics, dismissed teachers.
“In crisis situations, these reductions will result in hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths. “