Cabinet may set up for defense spending dispute IG News

The Prime Minister will today urge NATO members to increase their defense spending beyond the official target of 2 percent of GDP.

Boris Johnson is set to tell NATO allies that they should “dig deeper” to help defend itself in light of rising inflation.

Wire It is alleged that Defense Secretary Ben Wallace’s plan to argue for more spending was frustrated by No. 10.

The UK is currently spending 0.3 per cent above the 2 per cent target, which is a factor of £1.3 billion in support for Ukraine.


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Wallace reiterated his preference for increased defense spending, telling Sky News this morning: “I’m really curious that we believe mine was compromised before Russia invaded Ukraine.

“Russia is now very, very dangerous on the world stage, the world is less safe than it was two, three years ago and does not seem likely to change for the rest of the decade. that we should be committed to increasing the funding.”

Wallace said he would like to see Britain become the “leader in the pack” ahead of today’s NATO summit.

He claimed that Britain had been a “leader” in defense spending and was “determined” to maintain it.

He insisted that the MoD has enough cash for these plans, explaining: “I am the defense secretary in a department, all the departmental heads would say they definitely want more money.

“In the here and now, of course, we have enough money, we have enough money for the next year as well. What you find in government in different departments is to spend them properly regardless of the amount you get And I’m determined to make sure we’re spending our money and getting it out the door.

“I think what you’ll see across a whole range of government departments is that you can’t start building a hospital right away or start building roads right away, regardless of settlements.

“It’s no different for defence. So look, now and now and we’re in the right place for that comprehensive spend review settlement.”

Wallace also explained that Chancellor Rishi Sunak himself, and the PM, were in talks about the size of defense funding if the Conservatives should win the 2024 general election.

He argued that if the UK wanted to “maintain its [global] leadership role” so it needed to “probably see greater investment” and “the security of this country is important, the work that the men and women of our armed forces do is incredibly important.”

He suggested that “we have all taken advantage of it”. [the UK’s] Success in helping with COVID, with Afghanistan op pitting, and now leading from the front in Ukraine, “and suggesting that as the UK seeks to maintain its leadership role beyond 2024, we may have to see more investment.” .

“We have spent nearly 40 years since the end of the Cold War reaping the peace dividend, sometimes investing is important,” he continued.

Yet amid the government’s calls for unity, reports have emerged that the UK could cut gas supplies to the continent, with supplies plunging leading to emergency plans in the coming winter.

UK government told financial Times That he is “absolutely confident” about his energy security and that such an emergency was “extremely impossible”.