Farmers' protests in India in response to government reforms are ongoing. Protests of this scale and duration have not been seen in decades, and continue today. This paper looks at what are the problems the reforms are trying to solve? Why are some farmers so unhappy with them? Why have the Indian Government been criticised, and why have they criticised the international response to the protests, including in the UK? What have the UK Government and Parliament said about the protests?
The Government published its long-awaited Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy: Global Britain in a Competitive Age on 16 March 2021. That document was followed by a Defence Command Paper, Defence in a Competitive Age, on 22 March 2021.
The Integrated Review lays out the Government’s vision for the UK to 2030. It provides a strategic threat assessment and identifies the UK’s foreign policy priorities for the next decade. The Defence Command Paper focuses on the defence aspects and outlines plans to modernise the armed forces.
The House of Commons Library has written several briefings which examine the main outcomes. Further Library analysis will follow:
Integrated Review 2021: Summary, House of Commons Library, 17 March 2021
Integrated Review 2021: Increasing the cap on the UK’s nuclear stockpile, House of Commons Library, 19 March 2021
Defence Command Paper 2021: Summary, House of Commons Library, 23 March 2021
UK Army to be reduced to 72,500, House of Commons Library Insight, 23 March 2021
Global Britain and the Integrated Review in Parliament, House of Commons Library, 24 March 2021
Integrated Review 2021: emerging defence technologies, House of Commons Library, 25 March 2021
Defence Command Paper: equipment cuts, House of Commons Library, 30 March 2021
Integrated Review: International Development, House of Commons Library, 28 April 2021
Integrated Review: The defence tilt to the Indo-Pacific, House of Commons Library, 11 May 2021