Hemel Hempstead MP and former Minister of State for the Armed Forces, Sir Mike Penning, has spoken out about military funding and the impact the huge cost of the replacement for Trident will have on our military spending capability.
Speaking to The Sun newspaper, Sir Mike said that the replacement for our Trident nuclear deterrent will hit the defence budget very hard.
“Someone has to stand up and say, enough is enough. We’re down to the bone now.
“The Army is too small. An army of 82,000 does not give us enough ready troops to deploy. If numbers go down any more, we are simply not going to be able to do what the British public expect of us, from our NATO and UN commitments to humanitarian missions.
“If you continue to develop the replacement Trident from the existing budget, that will dramatically affect the operational capability of the three armed forces - particularly the Army.
“I want the PM and the Chancellor to fund Trident replacement with a new pool of money that is kept entirely separate from the rest of the MoD’s budget.”
Speaking afterwards, Sir Mike added:
“Our Trident nuclear deterrent should be treated as a national infrastructure project and not detract from the day-to-day work of our regular armed forces. The projected cost of £1 billion will make a massive hole in the armed forces budget…and, lets face it, we all know it will probably end up costing a lot more than that.”
“We are committed to meeting the NATO target of spending 2% of GDP on defence, in my mind that does not include spending a large chunk of it on Trident renewal.”
Mike’s interview with The Sun can be found here: CLICK HERE.
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