Rishi Sunak has secured a major win for Britain, as AUKUS submarines are set to be built in the UK creating thousands of jobs. The construction of submarines is expected to largely take place in Derby and Barrow-in-Furness, the Ministry of Defence said.
Britain is set to supply Australia with nuclear submarines as part of an attempt to support the nation in defending against a growing threat from China.
Australia is expected to get eight nuclear-powered submarines from both the UK and the US, sources from both countries have said.
The UK Government has been in talks with Australia and the US since September 2021, when the Aukus defence partnership was announced.
While Australia was initially expected to opt for a US-designed submarine, rather than a British one, sources have since said the details of the deal have recently “gone our way”.
Later down the line, the plan would involve the development of a joint Australian-UK boat.
In a statement last night, Mr Sunak said the submarine production will create “thousands of good, well-paid jobs in places like Barrow and Derby”.
He described AUKUS as a “powerful partnership”, adding: “For the first time ever, it will mean three fleets of submarines working together across both the Atlantic and Pacific, keeping our oceans free, open, and prosperous for decades to come.”
Speaking alongise US President Joe Biden and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, the Prime Minister continued: “We represent three allies who have stood shoulder to shoulder together for more than a century.”