Backstory: Iraq legal advice – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2008 in attorney general, Iraq, special report, war by sally

“Shortly before the start of the Iraq war, the then-attorney general Lord Goldsmith published a nine-paragraph statement saying why he thought the invasion would be legal under international law.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

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Government ‘must’ release Cabinet’s Iraq minutes – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2008 in disclosure, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The Government has been ordered to release the minutes of Cabinet meetings where military action against Iraq was discussed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2008

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Mothers of Iraq victims take case for inquiry to law lords – The Times

Posted February 12th, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The ‘overwhelming’ body of legal advice received by the Government in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was that it would be unlawful without a proper mandate by the United Nations, nine law lords were told yesterday.”

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The Times, 12th February 2008

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Law lords to rule whether decision to invade Iraq warrants inquiry – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2008 in Iraq, news, war by sally

“Questions about the legality of Tony Blair’s decision to join the US in invading Iraq will come under the spotlight before a rarely convened panel of nine law lords in Britain’s highest court next week.”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2008

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Ex-forces heads reject war votes – BBC News

Posted February 1st, 2008 in armed forces, war by sally

“Four former chiefs of the defence staff have attacked the prime minister’s plans to let Parliament have the final say on sending troops to war.”

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BBC News, 31st January 2008

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The Governance of Britain – War Powers and Treaties: Limiting Executive Powers – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 26th, 2007 in armed forces, constitutional law, parliament, treaties, war by sally

“This consultation document seeks views on the role of Parliament in decisions to commit the armed forces to armed conflict abroad and on the ratification of treaties. It follows on from the ‘Governance of Britain’ green paper.”

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Ministry of Justice, 25th October 2007

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Legal basis for war may be disclosed in future – The Times

Posted July 27th, 2007 in attorney general, news, prosecutions, war by sally

“The Attorney-General could in future have to explain before Parliament the legal basis for going to war, under reforms proposed yesterday. He or she could also give up any role in deciding prosecutions.”

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The Times, 26th July 2007

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Lords to look at legality of Iraq war – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2007 in armed forces, Iraq, news, war by sally

“Britain’s highest court is to hear a case which could force the government to hold an independent inquiry into the way the attorney general reached his conclusion that the war in Iraq would be lawful. The law lords have agreed to hear an appeal by the mothers of two soldiers killed in Iraq, who argue that the government violated their sons’ right to life by rushing into war on inadequate legal grounds.”

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The Guardian, 18th June 2007

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The Big Question: What are the precedents for holding an inquiry into the war? – The Independent

Posted June 12th, 2007 in Iraq, news, war by sally

“The Conservatives called a debate in the House of Commons yesterday to demand an inquiry into the Iraq war. They did not specify when the inquiry should take place; but they wanted MPs to agree in principle to hold one, pointing to the precedent set after the Falklands War, 25 years ago. William Hague, speaking for the Conservatives, claimed that an inquiry was ‘essential to restoring public trust and confidence in the Government’.”

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The Independent, 12th June 2007

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Pressure mounts for war inquiry – The Independent

Posted June 11th, 2007 in Iraq, news, war by sally

“The Government will come under fresh pressure today to order a full inquiry into the Iraq war and the mistakes made since the 2003 invasion.”

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The Independent, 11th June 2007

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MPs support war-powers proposals – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2007 in news, royal prerogative, war by sally

“MPs have approved moves to give Parliament the final say on whether British troops should be sent to war.” 

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BBC News, 16th May 2007

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