The Anglo-German naval agreement was an ambitious attempt by both the British and Germans to secure better relations, but ultimately failed due to conflicting expectations between the two countries. For Germany, the Anglo-German naval agreement was to mark the beginning of an Anglo-German alliance against France and the Soviet Union, while for Britain, the Anglo-German naval agreement was to be the beginning of a series of arms control agreements concluded to limit German expansionism. The Anglo-German naval agreement was controversial at the time and since then, because the tonnage of 35:100 allowed Germany to build a navy beyond the borders set by the Treaty of Versaille, and London had concluded the agreement without consultation with Paris or Rome. The naval pact was signed in London on 18 June 1935, without the British government being consulted with France and Italy or subsequently informing them of the secret agreements that provided that the Germans could build in certain categories more powerful warships than each of the three Western nations at the time. The French saw it as a betrayal. They saw it as another appeasement of Hitler, whose appetite for concessions grew. They were also upset that the UK`s private agreement further weakened the peace treaty, thereby reinforcing Germany`s growing military power as a whole. The French claimed that the United Kingdom had no right to exempt Germany from complying with the maritime clauses of the Treaty of Versaille.  At the Munich conference that culminated in the Munich Agreement in September 1938, Hitler Neville Chamberlain said that if UK policy were to „clarify in certain circumstances” that the UK could intervene in a continental European war, the political conditions of the agreement were no longer met and Germany should denounce it. As a result, Chamberlain introduced it in the Anglo-German declaration of 30 September 1938.  In recent days, representatives of the German government and Her Majesty`s Government have met in the United Kingdom, whose main objective was to pave the way for a general conference on the limitation of naval armaments. I am very pleased to report to Your Excellency that Her Majesty`s Government in the United Kingdom has formally accepted the German Government`s proposal, which was discussed during these discussions, that the future strength of the German Navy in terms of the overall strength of the members of the Commonwealth of British Nations should be 35:100. Her Majesty`s Government in the United Kingdom considers this proposal to be a contribution of the utmost importance for the future limitation of the sea.
They also believe that the agreement they have now reached with the German government and which they see as a permanent and final agreement between the two governments from today will facilitate the conclusion of a general agreement on the subject of maritime restriction between all the world`s maritime powers. In early March 1935, talks on the extent and extent of German rearmament between Hitler and Simon in Berlin were postponed when Hitler was offended by a British government white paper justifying a higher defence budget on the grounds that Germany was violating the Treaty of Versaille, claiming that it had been „cold”.