Rishi Sunak is expected to announce a multi-billion pound increase in defence spending following pressure from Ben Wallace when he visits the US this weekend.
The Prime Minister will meet President Joe Biden and Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese in Washington, DC to discuss the trilateral nuclear submarine pact.
And yesterday Treasury sources told the Mail that Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is preparing to raise the defence budget – but declined to say by how much.
The cash injection, said to be ‘several billion pounds’ over two years, would come days before Budget day on March 15.
It comes after Defence Secretary Mr Wallace demanded between £8billion and £11billion more for the military amid concerns Britain’s forces have been ‘cut beyond the bone’.
Read more: Rishi Sunak’s multi-billion pound boost to British forces: PM to announce significant increase in military spending during visit to the US – following pressure from defence secretary Ben Wallace