MP’s Warn Of Losing Influence With Allies Unless Defence Spending Is Raised

Posted on June 26, 2018

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has reportedly demanded an extra £20bn for his department. A government spokesman said: “We have been clear we will continue to exceed Nato’s 2% spending target.”

The committee said the extra money for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) could be spent on increasing the readiness of the armed forces and to bolster Britain’s anti-submarine warfare to counter possible threats from Russia. The report recommends increasing the defence budget to 3% of GDP but says a rise to 2.5% would “comfortably fill the ‘black hole’ in the existing MoD budget”. It argued that without such investment the UK armed forces’ usefulness to the US would be diminished.”The government must not let this happen,” the report says. Committee member Madeleine Moon, Labour MP for Bridgend, said the UK’s armed forces have been “hollowed out” with the navy “very weak” and air capability “diminished”. She told BBC Radio 4’s Today: “Influence is really important because unless you can back it up with capability, you have no credibility.”

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