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Does Britain still have military might?

Spending cuts to the UK's armed forces will prevent it having a full military partnership with America, ex-US Defence Secretary Robert Gates warns.

UK armed forces cuts will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, ex-US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned.

The UK plans to cut 30,000 armed forces personnel by 2020, leaving 147,000.

The prime minister said Mr Gates was wrong and that the UK was a "first class-player in terms of defence".

Jonathan Beale reports.

  • 16 Jan
  • From the section UK