Early reports indicate that the Chilcot Inquiry into the UK’s involvement in the Iraq war is set to heavily criticise former PM Tony Blair over the role he played in leading the UK into conflict.
The Inquiry looks set to find major failings in the way Mr Blair presented evidence to Parliament and excluded Cabinet Ministers from the decision making process.
SNP Westminster Leader and Defence Spokesperson, Angus Robertson MP, has today (Sunday) welcomed the reports. The SNP have always opposed the UK Government’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003.
Commenting, Mr Robertson said:
“The tapestry of deceit woven by Tony Blair over the past decade has finally unravelled.
“Despite his best attempts to fudge the issue when he was called to give evidence, the Chilcot Inquiry has recognised the former Prime Minister’s central role in leading the UK into the worst foreign policy disaster in recent history.
“The report is set to raise difficult questions for those Labour and Tory MPs and MSPs who backed Blair’s illegal and immoral invasion. They are all jointly and severally liable for the disaster that occurred.
“While no inquiry will ever bring back those lost in Iraq, this comprehensive review by Sir John Chilcot at least provides some explanation of the decisions which led to the disastrous invasion.”