Why is Nick Clegg’s statement on the Ir…
Why is Nick Clegg’s statement on the Iraq war being ‘illegal’ being called a ‘gaffe’?
The deputy prime minister insisted he was speaking in a personal capacity, as a leading international lawyer warned that the statement by a government minister in such a formal setting could increase the chances of charges against Britain in international courts.
Philippe Sands, professor of law at University College London, said: “A public statement by a government minister in parliament as to the legal situation would be a statement that an international court would be interested in, in forming a view as to whether or not the war was lawful.”
It’s unsurprising Downing Street was quick to distance itself from Clegg’s comments (so much for the coalition): David Cameron, George Osborne, William Hague, etc all voted in favour of the (yes illegal) invasion of Iraq.