British Army Royal Military Academy Sandhurst cadets alongside U.S. Army West Point Military Academy cadets

Top brass plans to shrink army

British Army Royal Military Academy Sandhurst cadets alongside U.S. Army West Point Military Academy cadets

Defence chiefs are discussing plans to slash the size of the British Army and lend one of the Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carriers to the UK’s allies amid fears they may be forced into further defence cuts.

The Tory manifesto, published today, will ditch an explicit commitment made just two years ago by Theresa May to “maintain the overall size of the armed forces”.

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