Would You like a feature Interview?
All Interviews are 100% FREE of Charge
With both Liz Truss and Boris Johnson considering intervening in the debate, ministers are grappling with talks about whether to increase Britain’s defense spending in the next budget.
Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has openly clashed with colleagues over his claims that the British military is being ‘hollowed out’, and Rishi Sunak wants to tone down his rhetoric It is understood that
Mr Wallace has called for £11bn in funding in the March 15 budget, warning that inflation is weakening the military’s capabilities.
Prime Minister Jeremy Hunt is open to adding to the military budget, but wants to wait until the government’s latest “integrated review” of foreign, defense and security policy, due next month, is completed.
The last two prime ministers are both considering publicizing their own demands for more spending on the military. Mr Johnson has pledged to raise the UK’s defense budget target to 3% of GDP by 2030, when he is in power, from the current 2%.
In an article for wall street journal This week he wrote: He asked Britain to send fighter planes to Ukraine.
Wallace has openly clashed with veterans minister Johnny Mercer over defense spending. Mr Mercer argued that claims that funding had been reduced were “clearly unreliable”, but the Secretary of Defense countered.
Defense Department officials were seen entering Mr Hunt’s office at 11 Downing Street on Wednesday for further consultations.
A senior Conservative MP said I The defense budget “still remains a matter of debate,” he said, arguing between Wallace and the prime minister whether the extra money would merely cover substantial cuts due to inflation or in light of emerging security threats. United Kingdom.
In the defense community, there was particular concern that the existing defense budget was facing severe real cuts due to the high capital costs associated with the military, especially regarding the cost of maintaining military hardware.
“There was a great deal of concern that the Army would suffer again. But after so much commotion, at least the Secretary of War said that everything is being considered again by the Treasury Department.
However, sources say there are concerns that additional funding from the Treasury will only keep the Treasury budget, rather than raising it to deal with growing hostility from Russia and China. “That’s what I’m worried about. Spending will flatten out instead of growing,” the Tory added.