Reports suggest that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told Mrs May that the UK would be able to make do with only 50,000 soldiers.
The British army was 100,000 strong in 2010, however, if such cuts take place it could be crushed to just 50,000.
50,000 troops smaller than the army during the time of the French Revolution before Napoleon’s conquests began 220 years ago.
France’s has around 111,000 soldiers, smaller than Italy’s 99,000, Spain’s 77,000 and even Germany’s 60,000.
Campaigning ex-Army officer-turned-MP Johnny Mercer said: “Philip Hammond is deluded if he really believes this.
“We couldn’t even fulfil our NATO commitments with an Army to 50,000, let alone mount a sustained defence of our nation or its dependent territories.
“The Chancellor also appears to have forgotten that reducing the number of our troops by any number would completely breach our election manifesto promise to maintain force levels made only in June.”
The army currently has a recruitment crisis with 4,000 regular troops currently serving than budgeted for.
The UK is, however, committed to spending at least 2% of GDP on defence which is seen to be a NATO standard but this is not always the case.
Philip Hammond is a former defence secretary and supported the current size of the armed forces (82,000 regular troops) during his term in that position, I wonder what has changed?
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Foreign aid budget was ‘funding al-Qaeda in Syria’ Panorama reveals
A foreign aid project was suspended last night after it was revealed UK taxpayers were funding extremists in Syria.
£12 million of British taxpayers money which was meant to go to the Free Syrian Police force was instead diverted and given to the Islamic extremists in the al-Nusra Front.
The extremists were linked to Al-Qaeda.
Boris Johnson granted a further £4 million to the Free Syrian Police force back in April.
The links were revealed by a BBC Panorama investigation.
A government spokesman said: “We take allegations of co-operation with terrorist groups and of human rights abuses extremely seriously.
“The Foreign Office has suspended this programme while we investigate these allegations.”
Tory MP and former chair of the Commons foreign affairs committee Crispin Blunt said: “You’ve got people being sentenced to death for homosexuality.
“Clearly that is completely and utterly unacceptable.”
All funding has currently been suspended.