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Two former defence ministers have issued a damning verdict on the UK’s preparedness for battle.

Former Armed Forces Minister James Heappey – who resigned final month – and former Defence Secretary Ben Wallace have criticised the UK Government’s lack of preparation at a time when discuss of World War 3 is intensifying.

Mr Heappey not too long ago revealed that an train to learn the way the nation could be ruled from a wartime bunker was solely attended by officers from Whitehall although it was meant for all authorities officers.

His feedback have been echoed by Ben Wallace who slammed the UK and claimed there have been too many individuals who believed that “everything will go away”.

Mr Heappey instructed the Telegraph that latest occasions had been a “stark reminder that war is a whole nation endeavour and…in the UK we’re a very long way behind”.

On the poorly attended authorities train, Mr Heappey mentioned it will have been helpful as a result of it will have enabled them to search out out if the UK’s procedures had been nonetheless related.

He defined: “It’s a shame that the whole of Whitehall didn’t get involved, not only because it was a useful exercise in continuity of government and would have exposed how out of date many of our procedures now are.”

Ben Wallace echoed Mr Heappey’s feedback and mentioned that “the whole of society needs to make a step change towards recognising that our core duty is to think about our defence and resilience”.

In phrases of its defence capabilities, the UK’s navy is beneath fixed criticism with fears in regards to the potential begin to World War 3 turning into extra frequent.

Earlier this week, a former General of the British Army claimed that the pressure was now solely “second class” and never able to tackle Russia.

General Sir Richard Barrons instructed the Sun: “If we put today’s British army in front of an enemy like Russia, they would not be ready and would take massive casualties.

“The military – the Armed Forces, Navy and Air Force – know that they are not ready to fight against a mobilised and aggressive Russia as part of NATO.”

On high of outdoor criticism, there are calls from contained in the Cabinet to spice up defence spending to 2.5 % of GDP. Current Defence Secretary Grant Shapps has piled the stress on Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to adequately fund the navy to fend off potential threats.

Mr Shapps instructed the House of Commons Defence Committee: “The Government is committed to 2.5 per cent. It is my view that we are living in a more dangerous world.

“I am in complete agreement that you have to pay for that defence. Exact timing, as we’ve said all along, is a matter for the Chancellor and the Government has described it ‘as conditions allow’.

“I am Secretary of State for Defence so obviously I urge for us to move to that position as quickly as possible. There will be other opportunities, including an election coming – other parties are only committed to 2 per cent, the NATO base.”