Iraq war was illegal: John Prescott

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Tony Blair’s deputy prime minister John Prescott says that the UK broke international law when it joined the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Prescott’s remarks came a few days after the publication of a damning report on Britain’s role in the US-led invasion of Iraq.

The Chilcot Inquiry released its long-delayed 2.6 million-word report on Wednesday, offering a scathing critique of the UK government’s involvement, under Blair, in and after the invasion of Iraq.

“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,” Prescott wrote in a piece to be published in the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

“I will live with the decision of going to war and its catastrophic consequences for the rest of my life,” added Prescott, who was number two in the Labour government when the UK participated in the invasion.

He said that “the Attorney…

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