The Sandbag Times has learned of proposals to merge The Parachute Regiment and Royal Marines in an attempt to save money and reduce the size of the Armed Forces. The proposal is one of three options that has been laid out for consideration for the Defence Review due to take place shortly.
All three options have been described as ‘ugly, ugly and ugly’ as MoD top brass come under pressure to plug the shortfall in Defence spending. The proposals aim to cut the Forces by 14,000 including a 11,000 reduction in the British Army leaving it at it’s smallest since the Napoleonic Wars.
Other proposed cuts include scrapping the entire fleet of Wildcat Helicopters, the replacements for the recently scrapped Lynx. Nine Royal Navy warships are also under threat, including seven Type 23 frigates. This would mean that the new Aircraft Carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales would not be protected in conflict.
Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer has said on Twitter that he had submitted an urgent question for Monday about the proposals.
“Whilst we live in a parliamentary democracy that holds government to account, I and a robust core of Conservative MP’s will simply not allow these proposals to become a reality,” he told The Times yesterday. Eight years after having to dig defence out of a financial hole, I’m afraid that the British people — who pay for it — will simply not accept a government that proposes these cuts to defence, and I will not encourage them to do so on a point of integrity.”