A group of MPs have urged the government to increase its spending on defence in order to deal with the heightening threats from various rogue states such as Russia.
A report that was published by the Defence Select Committee this morning, has urged for the spending to increase from the target that was recommended by Nato of two percent to three percent of the GDP.
The MPs stated that failure to finance the British military on a sustainable basis made it “very difficult” to come up with a long-term defence strategy. They argued that the “only solution” to the threats from Russia and the terror groups was to increase the spending.
They said that the present levels are “far too low.” They also said that the British government “needs to apply the resources that are necessary to keep this country safe”.
Julian Lewis, the chairman of the committee, said that this would also help the United Kingdom fill the existing financial “black holes.”
However, the Ministry of Defence said that the United Kingdom has the largest defence budget in Europe and that the country continues to exceed the two percent spending target of Nato.
Earlier this year, Rear Admiral Alex Burton, the ex-commander of the Maritime Forces of the United Kingdom, said that Britain was in danger of losing the nation’s status as a “credible military power” and urged for an increase in defence spending.
Others including General Sir Nick Carter, the head of the Army, have also urged for an increase in the spending, saying that the ability of the United Kingdom to respond to military threats from Russia will be “eroded” if it continues without additional investment.
Last January, Gavin Williamson, the UK Defence Secretary, announced a fresh review that is called the Defence Modernisation Programme. He is anticipated to call for more money if the review supports him. The findings of the said review are expected to be released in the coming weeks.