Vote urged over decisions on war

Tony Blair has been urged to scrap the government’s right to go to war without first seeking a parliamentary vote.

A cross-party committee of peers said the vote on the Iraq war in 2003 had created a benchmark, and future decisions should lie with Parliament.

They want the royal prerogative, which lets ministers start military action without such approval, to be changed.

Committee chairman Lord Holme said it was unacceptable that “King Tony” Blair could put soldiers’ lives in jeopardy.

BBC NEWS | Politics | Vote urged over decisions on war


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