Cutting aid budget would hit UK influence, two former PMs say

Two former British prime ministers have urged Boris Johnson to retain the government’s spending on foreign aid, warning he will damage the UK’s influence on the global stage if he cuts it in a finance review next week. Tony Blair and David Cameron released a statement to the Telegraph newspaper urging Johnson to maintain Britain’s pledge to spend 0.7% of GDP on aid and development following reports it could be cut to conserve cash during the pandemic. British finance minister Rishi Sunak will deliver a spending review on Wednesday, setting out government spending over the next year after COVID-19 blew a 200 billion pound ($266 billion) hole in the country’s finances.

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