Tuesday 16 January 2018

Nicholas Leonard: UK vote result will test coalition's resolve

Nicholas Leonard

'We're not occupying. We're not invading. That's not what we're about", said British prime minister David Cameron yesterday as he tried to explain his coalition government's policy on Libya.

Cameron is facing urgent calls from among his own MPs to recall the Commons in order to debate his controversial decision to join with the presidents of the US and France in proclaiming that Colonel Gaddafi has got to be removed.

Anyone reading the media coverage of that declaration would have thought that it was an outright call for immediate regime change in Libya but, while that was certainly the intended message, the detail of the wording was carefully phrased to stay within the narrow confines of what the UN security council has actually allowed.

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