London, Great Britain—Conservative MPs have vowed to bring down the government if the British Armed Forces suffer further cuts.

Twenty-five MPs have penned a letter to the new Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson threatening to act if the Royal Navy’s only two amphibious assault ships (HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion, for which Turkey has expressed interest) or the Royal Marine’s face any cuts on the upcoming Budget.

“We wish to draw your attention to the potential negative impact that any reduction in our amphibious capability would have, and the subsequent consequences on this country’s ability to respond to international events,” wrote the 25 MPs.

Chancellor of the Exchequer  Phillip Hammond will be revealing his new budget in a much-awaited House of Commons session this Wednesday.  The Ministry of Defence is already facing an almost $3 billion hole.  And to fill it, the government is reportedly planning to slash the 4,500 strong Royal Marines by 1,000 and sell the two amphibious assault ships.

HMS Bulwark and HMS Albion, alongside 1,000 Royal Marines, face the axe (

The 25 MPs highlight the increasing aggression of Russia and the emerging international threats after years of low-intensity conflicts.

Led by Johnny Mercer, a former Army officer who served with the 29th Commando Regiment, Royal Artillery, the MPs have said that “we have drawn up a red line on the strength and capability of our armed forces.”