Secret Labour plans to allow taxpayers to OPT OUT of defence spending

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Records from the House of Commons dated in 2014 reveals the Shadow Chancellor at the time, John McDonnell, tried to push forward a motion to allow taxpayers to opt out of funding the military.

The UK currently spends 2% of its GDP on defence, keeping in line with the NATO minimum which only a handful of members adhere to. 

£36 billion is spent on defence annually, ranking Britain as the 5th biggest defence budget in the world and the 2nd largest in NATO.

Armed Forces minister Mike Penning told the Sun: ‘Security would be at risk with John McDonnell holding the purse strings.’

”Theresa May and the Conservatives are growing the defence budget to equip us in a dangerous world, while Corbyn and McDonnell want to take the axe to our military.

Mr McDonnell’s spokesman said: ‘This is not Labour policy and will not be in our manifesto.

‘What really puts our armed forces at risk is a Tory government that has cut troop numbers by the tens of thousands, and if re-elected will slash numbers further.’

The Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has long been anti-war and is strongly against the UKs independent nuclear deterrent, Trident. 

Mr Corbyn has been on recorded saying that he is “uncomfortable” with a shoot-to-kill policy.

The Conservative government plans to increase defence spending up to £40 billion a year by 2020.

In unable stable times, it is a necessity to have a “strong and stable” military. 

The new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, each weighing 70,000 tonnes will start sea trials later in the year. 

The Ministry of Defence has ordered to date 48 F35 joint-strike fighters which will fly off the new carriers.

Surely this sort of policy would open the floodgates for other opportunities to opt-out of vital areas of spending. 

Always going private? Just cut out the NHS payments. See the problem here?

More Labour-led Cloud Cuckoo Land thinking!