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15 May 2007

Barrett calls for Parliament to have final say over war

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, will today argue that parliament rather than the Prime Minister should have the final say on whether or not Britain goes to war.

Mr Barrett will today give his backing to a landmark motion that would remove the so-called royal prerogative that currently allows the decision on entering war to be taken by the prime minister. Parliament will debate the motion this afternoon.

John Barrett said:

“The decision to go to war is the most important decision any country can take. It is crucial that this decision is taken openly on the floor of the House of Commons rather than behind closed doors in darkened rooms by the prime minister and his advisors.

“After the Iraq war we owe it to our armed forces and the reputation of our country to make sure any decision to go to war is carefully considered and does not depend on ‘dodgy dossiers’ or the personalities of prime ministers.

“Opinion polls show overwhelming support from the public for this change – It is time for the Government to show it is listening.”

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