Boris Johnson on Thursday hailed the nuclear submarine pact with Australia and the US saying it will create hundreds of highly skilled jobs in the UK.
Addressing MPs in the Commons, the PM denied that the alliance was an 'adversarial' move towards China - which has slammed it as evidence of a Cold War mentality'.
The jubilant comments from Mr Johnson came as ministers admitted it is 'understandable' that France is upset after its $90bn submarine contract with Canberra was torn up.
Mr Johnson also played down the impact on the UK's military relationship with France, saying ties are 'rock solid'.
He told the Commons: 'The House should be in no doubt that this Government's commitment to Nato is absolutely unshakeable and indeed has been strengthened by the massive commitments we have made, the biggest uplift in defence spending since the Cold War.'
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