Mike Hookem MEP, UKIP Defence Spokesman has reacted angrily to David Cameron’s suggestion that Security Services spending should be added to the defence budget in order to meet the UK’s 2% NATO defence spending commitments; calling the move, “duplicitous and simply dangerous”. The move comes after a new study suggests that Britain will miss its NATO commitment by £2 billion next year.
Speaking from Strasbourg, Mr Hookem said, “Who does David Cameron think he is kidding by trying to fudge the figures in this way? This is smoke and mirrors politics at its worst and particularly hypocritical considering that David Cameron has been lecturing other western leaders on the need to keep up their own defence spending.”
“Our armed services are already over stretched and any further drop in spending will significantly reduce our armed forces operational ability at a time of great threat.”
“UKIP are the only party who have so far given a guarantee the meet the 2% NATO mark on defence spending, as we understand that the first duty of government is defence of the nation."