Earlier this week, following heavy lobby in both the corridors of Westminster and through very public media channels, Conservative MPs achieved the breakthrough many had been waiting for.
Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson, reversed an earlier statement by National Security Adviser, Mark Sedwill, that the current defence and security review would be ‘fiscally neutral’.
The news that the review would no longer have to be cost neutral came as a shock to many. However, the announcement, following heavy pressure from political figures, former military heavyweights and those in the media, allows for the MOD to push on and create a defence and security establishment fit for 21st Century Britain.
Speaking following the announcement, Plymouth Moor View MP, Johnny Mercer, said:
“The Defence Secretary has come under heavy pressure and I’m glad he’s finally be able to give some reassurance to those of us who have been working hard to stop, as it has been termed, a potential degradation of our fighting capability.
“I will be calling on the Defence Secretary, not only to confirm the future of HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark, but to lay out a vision for a defence and military structure that is fit for Brexit Britain.
“We’ve seen in the last week how this country’s military prowess is renowned by those in Europe. We now need to remind ourselves that this capability is at the forefront of defence capabilities internationally. Now is not the time to scrimping, but instead, we should be pushing forward, building on our world class military and getting back to the head of the pack.
“I’m pleased that the Defence Secretary has listened to colleagues on this matter, but this is very much a first step.”