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Lord Prescott: ‘Tony Blair led the UK to war illegally’

Lord Prescott has accused Tony Blair of illegally leading the UK into the Iraq War.

His comments condemning Mr Blair’s decision to take part in the Iraq War, a decision he supported at the time in his role as deputy prime minister, come just days after the publication of the long-awaited Iraq Inquiry report by Sir John Chilcot.

Writing in his Sunday Mirror column, the peer said: “I will live with the decision of going to war and its catastrophic consequences for the rest of my life.

“In 2004, the UN secretary-general Kofi Annan said that as regime change was the prime aim of the Iraq War, it was illegal.

“With great sadness and anger, I now believe him to be right.”
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Lord Prescott said the Chilcot report was a “damning indictment of how the Blair government handled the war – and I take my fair share of blame”.

The Chilcot report strongly criticised the way former prime minister Mr Blair took the country to war in 2003 on the basis of “flawed” intelligence with inadequate preparation at a time when Saddam Hussein did not pose an “imminent threat”.

“As the deputy prime minister in that Government I must express my fullest apology, especially to the families of the 179 men and women who gave their lives in the Iraq War.”
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He also welcomed current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to apologise on behalf of the party for the war.

Sir John also said the way the decision about the legal basis for the war was reached was “far from satisfactory”, but the report did not rule on the legality of the military action.

Lord Prescott said he had concerns about the way Mr Blair ran his government, with Cabinet ministers given “too little paper documentation” to make decisions.
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Lord Prescott has accused Tony Blair, pictured, of illegally leading the UK into the Iraq War Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

He also said intelligence reports were based on “discussions at receptions and prejudiced sources”, amounting to “tittle-tattle, not hard evidence”.

“We now learn from Chilcot that even the intelligence agencies warned of the inadequacies or reliability of such intelligence sources,” Lord Prescott said.

“But these concerns were never referred to in any of the intelligence documents given to the Cabinet.”

John Chilcot, the chairman of The Iraq Inquiry

The ex-deputy prime minister said there was a “failure” to provide Cabinet with the reasoning behind then attorney general Lord Goldsmith’s judgment that military action was legal.

He said the law officer “verbally announced it was legal, but provided no documentation to justify it”.

Lord Prescott said the timing of the decision “was clearly designed to endorse an almost immediate action for us to go to war”.
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He said that Mr Blair was determined to be a “special friend” to the US and president George W Bush.

Referring to a previously secret memo disclosed in the Chilcot files, Lord Prescott said: “Tony’s note to Bush with that devastating quote ‘I am with you, whatever’ was all the Americans needed to go in, without UN support.”

Mr Blair has defended the decision to oust Saddam and insisted that his efforts to form a close relationship with the US had persuaded Mr Bush to pursue a second UN security council resolution, which ultimately was not obtained.

Courtesy : telegraph.co.uk



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