WAR IN IRAQ 2003: Blair: I Was Ready to Quit If I Lost Support

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WAR IN IRAQ 2003: Blair: I Was Ready to Quit If I Lost Support


TONY Blair was ready to quit his job as Prime Minister if he had lost MPs' support over the war with Iraq, it was revealed today.

The Prime Minister disclosed he instructed officials to prepare for his resignation if he lost a crucial Commons vote on the war.

Mr Blair said he was ready to give up his job if he was defeated in last month's vote authorising military action by rebel Labour MPs.

"In the end, it is a decision you put the whole of the premiership on the line for," he said.

"It was always possible that you could be in that situation. But the point is that some people are going to die as a result of your decision.

"In the end if you lose your premiership, well you lose it. But at least you lose it on the basis of something that you believe in."

He admitted there were times when he had felt "really worried" at the way the campaign was going.

"There were moments when it looked like we were getting bogged down and 10 days in you were worried how long was this going to go. Had we miscalculated the degree of the depth of resistance?" he said.

In other developments, Saddam Hussein's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti, is being questioned after being snatched by US special forces in Baghdad. …

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