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Britain has supplemented European Union (EU) defence spending by hundreds of billions over five years, as fellow member states short-changed the NATO defence alliance by £338billion, new research shows.
Spending around £214billion since 2012, the UK accounts for just under a third of defence spending by EU nations in NATO, a policy briefing by The Henry Jackson Society (HJS) has revealed.
The UK is just one of five out of 28 alliance members to meet the 2 per cent of GDP annual defence spending target — despite all NATO members refreshing their pledge to at least hit the target at the 2014 Cardiff Summit.
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